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News from CSKT Tribal Health 

ST. IGNATIUS —This fall, Tribal Health welcomes new healthcare provider Karyn Thornton, a certified physician assistant (PA-C).  Karyn joins Tribal Health in an effort to provide increased healthcare to recipients in the Pablo/SKC and Two Eagle River School communities.

“I am pleased to have Karyn on board with Tribal Health,” said Department Head Teresa Wall-McDonald. “We are focusing on Tribal Health services in the SKC Health Center and the Two Eagle River School communities, and Karyn’s personal and professional dedication to providing high-quality healthcare is a great fit to work with our recipients.”

Karyn grew up in Wisconsin, and received her physician assistant education from the University of Grand Forks, N.D.  She continued to pursue more training and experience in her career, first as an Emergency Medical Technician, then paramedic, and most recently she worked in emergency medicine and cardiology services as a hospitalist in critical access across Montana.

As a emergency flight nurse working in a level-two trauma center, Karyn was able to hone her skills in trauma and emergency medicine, which now provides her with experience managing more advanced, out-patient surgical procedures.

“When I was 15 years old, a classmate got into a car wreck right outside my house, and I was one of the first people to try to help. I didn’t know much at that point but decided, then, that I would learn as much as possible to be able to help people in emergency medical situations in the future. Today, I am excited about working with the Two Eagle River School community and on the SKC campus to continue to provide medical care, something that I have been passionate about since a young age.”

Currently, Karyn sees patients at the SKC Health Center for Tribal Health. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment please call Tribal Health at 406-745-3525 or visit the website at for more information. 

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