Kathryn L. Brown, PA-C
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I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I’m originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I went to Colorado State University for my Bachelor of Science and to Nova Southeastern University in Florida for my master’s degree in physician assistant studies. I’m now certified as a PA and belong to Pi Alpha – The National Honor Society for Physician Assistants.
Both of my parents have been a big influence on me and have played a big part in my career choice. I admired my dad for his intelligence and hard work as a physician and my mom for her valuable insights as a high school counselor. I’ve moved several times - first for school and then to accompany my husband, who was in the U.S. Army. That’s what first brought us to beautiful Oahu.
About my practice
I’ve always loved science, especially when it involves the human body. I knew I wanted a career that would allow me to care for people and to help them feel better, both emotionally and physically. My interest in the medical field was sparked by seeing my dad’s work as a physician and being introduced to the role of the PA by my mom while I was in college. As I learned more about this field, I knew it was right for me.
PAs often work in general medicine but may specialize in other fields. I decided to continue in general medicine through family practice, acute care, or internal medicine because of a need for more providers and better access to care in these areas. I also like being able to treat a wide variety of medical conditions and to provide preventive care and patient education. My other professional interests include diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, cholesterol, and procedures such as suturing.
To stay current in medicine, I read the publication of my membership organization, the Journal of the American Academy of PAs and The Clinical Advisor, a periodical for PAs and nurse practitioners. I also listen to the Urgent Care RAP podcasts and attend continuing medical education programs.
I was happy to join Hawaii Permanente Medical Group for several reasons. For one, this organization is highly rated, which told me that providers here strive to perform at their best to deliver great patient care. I was also attracted to the pleasant, modern facilities and the warm and welcoming environment.
Accurate communication is key to avoiding medical errors so providers should always listen carefully to their patients. It’s also important for patients to understand their conditions so they can make informed decisions about their health. I enjoy getting to know my patients. Each one has a different life story, and I try to always be compassionate and supportive.
How I thrive
I de-stress and stay healthy by exercising, whether cross training in a boot camp class, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, going to the beach with my husband, or swimming with my Lab. I also enjoy good food and checking out the wonderful restaurants on Oahu.