Kristen Buerstatte is a certified physician assistant in National Spine & Pain Center’s Arlington (Shirlington), VA office. She assists with the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions. She also performs multiple procedures including trigger point injections and joint injections under ultrasound guidance.
Buerstatte graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in American Politics and served 15 months in Baghdad where she coordinated with multiple global medical treatment facilities for the care and evacuation of soldiers wounded in the combat zone. In that role, she realized that a career in medicine was in her future. “My time in the Army showed me that I love service, in whatever capacity that may be. There is something immensely gratifying about serving people other than yourself,” she said. “Plus, my mom is a nurse so I think my whole life I knew I would go into medicine in some way.”
Following her deployment in Iraq, Buerstatte worked with the Warrior Transition Brigade to ensure transitional care and support for more than 1,300 wounded soldiers. “It was very humbling to work with soldiers who were dealing with physical injuries and psychological and emotional ones as well,” she recalled. “It gave me perspective and really taught me to appreciate life.”
Buerstatte carries that experience with her every day when she is seeing patients at National Spine & Pain Centers. “There are so many people out there struggling with, and fighting through, their pain. I want them to know that we are on their team and are here to help,” she said.
Buerstatte was awarded a Bronze Star as well as the Joint Service Commendation, Army Commendation, Army Achievement and Combined Arms Support Command medals. She was also a four-year varsity letter winner for the West Point Women’s Swimming Team. A life-long athlete, Buerstatte enjoys swimming, running, playing guitar, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Arlington, VA (Shirlington) Office
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