2011 PA of the Year

Barbara Krugler - Iowa PA of the year 2011Barb Krugler

The 2011 Iowa PA of the Year award was announced at the IPAS Fall CME in Coralville. The recipient of this award, Barbara Krugler, was unable to attend the meeting but was applauded by her fellow PAs for her achievements.

Barb graduated with a BS from Iowa State and an MBA from Drake prior to attending DMU where she graduated with a BS in PA studies in 2001 and UNMC accomplishing a MPAS in 2011. She joined the National Guard in June of 2008. She is currently employed at the VA Central Iowa in the pain clinic with Dr. Fred Bahls as her supervising physician. She was previously employed by the Audubon Family Practice and DMOS, Health Emergency ER and at Broadlawns in the walk-in clinic and Internal Medicine clinics.

Barb believes in service and in giving back to her community and her country. She stated she had always wanted to serve in the military and decided that she would begin her service even though she was older than most who begin military careers. She hopes to serve until the military age restrictions prohibit continued service. Working with “some of the best young medics and treating some of the best America has in the way of soldiers” has been a driving force in her PA/Military service. She has had the opportunity to treat local Afghan children, soldiers and police while deployed. She noted they have many of the same illnesses that we do, but a weak medical system from which to

receive care. She enjoys working with the young soldiers as they “keep her young”.

Barb joined IPAS after graduating from DMACC. She believes that PAs should belong to our local PA society to support our local and state wide concerns. She served on the IPAS board for one term.

Barb has been married to her husband, Larry, for 22 years and has two children: Lizzy age 19 who attends ISA , and Ryan, 16 a Junior at ADM high school. Her family has been supportive of her PA and Reserve duties.

IPAS salutes Barb for her dedication to her work as a PA and service to our country. She exemplifies the role that our PA founders envisioned over 40 years ago. Thank you, Barb, for your caring and compassionate service.

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