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Vermillion Medical Clinic Welcomes New Physician Assistant Alex Lunneborg

Sep 04, 2021 08:31AM ● By Med Magazine

In Alex Lunneborg’s life experiences, interactions with healthcare providers were always positive. These experiences, spurred on by an affinity for science, led him to pursue a career in the medical field--specifically, to X-ray technology. 

“I really like science and technology and that’s what attracted me to X-ray,” Lunneborg says. “I enjoyed getting to use those technologies in school and beyond, the constant learning and using new technologies to better your practice.”

Lunneborg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology from Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in May 2017. The Wahpeton, North Dakota, native chose to attend Presentation because of its accredited bachelor’s degree program for technology; also, because the right-handed pitcher was able to secure a scholarship to play baseball for the Saints. 

After graduating and working in the X-ray field for a couple of years, however, he found that spending his days solely in that department wasn’t completely fulfilling to him. “Working in X-ray, you are with patients for such a short time and only involved in a small piece of diagnostics. I really wanted the rapport that’s established by being a provider and involved in treatment of a patient long-term,” he says. 

And so, ready to face another challenge, he enrolled in the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Studies Program, earning his Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies in July 2021.

In that program, PA candidates participate in 10 five-week clinical rotations at various health care facilities in an array of areas such as family medicine, pediatrics and surgery. Lunneborg completed some of those rotations at the Vermillion Medical Clinic as a student.

“With each rotation, you take pieces of that experience into family practice, and that’s why I like it so much,” Lunneborg says. “You see so many different diseases, so many people from many walks of life and a variety of people and situations.”

His first day of providing care at Vermillion Medical Clinic will be Sept. 13, when he will begin holding some daytime hours as well as some Convenient Care hours. “I’m excited to start,” he says. “I hope to bring a fresh, energetic, passionate attitude to the clinic every day. I want my patients to feel comfortable and relaxed while under my care and to trust in my care. I hope to become more involved in the community through medicine. 

“Establishing relationships, building on those and bringing a positive, healthy outlook to Vermillion is something I strive for,” Lunneborg continues. 

Lunneborg’s passions are being in the outdoors: hunting, fishing, biking and various sports, all of which he grew up engaging in growing up in North Dakota. Lunneborg currently resides in Vermillion with his wife, Kelsey, who holds a degree in school psychology and is employed by the Vermillion School District. The couple, high school sweethearts, is expecting their first child in October.