Kari LaVigne, PA-C
Kari’s first and only goal is to help her patients get back on their feet to enjoy everything life offers again. Spinal conditions can be extremely debilitating and painful. She has diagnosed and treated spinal conditions for ten years. It is crucial for the patient to know their pathology and condition, understand their conservative or surgical treatment options, and help guide them through this process.
Kari assists them through the whole process of surgical care, first assists in the OR, and helps through their post-op rehabilitation stage. It is the comprehensive spinal care that she strives for to help patients get back to their quality of life.
Her philosophy to treat spinal conditions is to choose the right surgery for the right patient for the optimal outcome. It is essential to maintain a balance of exercise and nutrition to maintain a healthy spine. However, when back pain or leg pain is so severe, it is vital to educate the patient with conservative treatments first with surgical options second.
Kari has a passion for snowmobiling, playing competitive USTA tennis, is a UFC gym member, and is a PADI Certified Advanced Diver. She enjoys hiking in the mountains and fishing in the great outdoors. She is a huge dog lover and enjoys spending time with them and her husband.
Education and Experience
- Bachelors of Science in Biology, UNM
- Masters Physician Assistant-Certified, Alderson-Broaddus College
- Member of the North American Spine Society
- Volunteer and Fundraiser for Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico
- Member of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society
- USTA Southwest Tennis Player