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Katie Virnig, PA-C

  • Position: Physician Assistant to Dr. Cannestra

About Katie

Katie is a licensed, board-certified physician assistant who works alongside Dr. Cannestra and Dr. Matteini, in addition to helping several other physicians within the practice. Katie joined Fox Valley Orthopedics in 2014 after spending several years as a physician assistant for a vascular surgeon.

As a physician assistant, Katie assists Dr. Cannestra and Dr. Matteini in surgery and provides post-operative care during a patient’s hospital stay. She coordinates home healthcare for patients who need extended care, as well as occupational and physical therapy. For patients with knee or shoulder pain, Katie is skilled at cortisone and gel injections.

Katie enjoys gardening and spending time running around with her toddler outside and caring for her newborn.

Education
  • College
  • Bachelor of Science University of Wisconsin
    Madison, WI
  • Medical School
  • Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies Midwestern University
    Downers Grove, IL

Physician assistants are versatile clinicians in our practice. They can perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat orthopedic injuries, order and interpret lab tests, perform minor procedures, assist in surgery, and provide patient education. They extend the ability of our surgeons to care for our patients. PA-C is an acronym for Physician Assistant – Certified, meaning they have their own medical licenses and have passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying exam, among other requirements, before receiving the medical license designation “PA-C”.