Kristin Matteson joined National Spine & Pain Center in 2014, bringing with her the up-to-date technical abilities and innovative thinking skills acquired from a rigorous physician assistant graduate program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Matteson began her graduate studies after finishing her bachelor’s degree in biology, and graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia.
While on break from college, Matteson worked as a research assistant for Advanced Pediatrics in Vienna, Virginia. She carried out clinical research trials initiated by various pharmaceutical companies in the areas of formula products, vaccinations and mechanical devices. While at UVA, Matteson worked as a research assistant in two departments: electrophysiology and cell biology.
Also while in college, Matteson volunteered at the local Charlottesville hospital. While there, her interactions with a physician assistant piqued her interest in medicine. She also went on a medical mission trip to Costa Rica that solidified her interest in taking care of patients.
The summer before she started college, Matteson worked as an intern for the chief of staff the U.S. Department of the Interior in Reston, Virginia.
Matteson’s focus on pain management came as a result of her own experiences as an injured athlete. “I played many sports in high school and college—soccer, tennis, track, swim team,” said Matteson. “Resulting injuries required surgery and physical therapy. I want to help others in their recovery process and help them manage chronic pain.”
In her spare time, Matteson likes to hike, garden, play soccer and spend time with family and friends.
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