Gardner earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and completed physician assistant certification at Des Moines University. She became a physician assistant so she could make a difference in the lives of her patients, and has been working in medicine for more than 27 years, primarily in community health settings.
She recently moved back to Oregon from Alaska to be closer to family. Gardner said she is excited about the opportunity to be part of Samaritan Health Services.
“I appreciate nonprofit organizations that work hard to fulfill their mission of caring for everyone,” she said.
Away from the office, Gardner stays busy helping her daughter with equestrian events, and working with her children on gardening, building projects and raising animals.
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Samaritan Health Services continually recruits highly skilled, compassionate health care providers to help serve the growing need in Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties. For more information about Samaritan’s five hospitals and more than 70 primary and specialty care clinics, visit samhealth.org.