Q. & A. With Laura Fugleberg, P.A.C.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Laura joined Edina Sports + Family Medicine in 2016 after working for Sanford Health in Fargo, North Dakota. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. degree from the University of North Dakota and she earned her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Still University in Arizona.
A Conversation with Laura:
Question: What drew you to work in the medical field?
Answer: I grew up in healthcare. Both my grandpa and my dad were pharmacists and I knew from an early age that I wanted to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Question: What is your patient care philosophy?
Answer: I approach each visit with an open mind and listen to the patient. For me, establishing trust and good rapport with my patients is a priority and one of the most important aspects of this is listening. Medicine is a two-way street. My patients need to be comfortable with their treatment plan — which sometimes means compromise on both of our ends. This might involve medication compliance, exercise or therapy. In other words, we have to establish a treatment plan that we both find acceptable.
Question: Are their certain patients you look forward to treating?
Answer: I really enjoy working with girls in their teens and young women in their 20’s. This can be a time of major life changes such as going to college, starting a career, moving away, getting married and maybe thinking about having children. It’s gratifying for me to help women stay healthy through these exciting and sometimes stressful transitions.
Question: What do you find most satisfying in your work?
Answer: I am always so pleased when a patient returns after having implemented life changes that have created positive outcomes. It might be control of diabetes or perhaps they have had success losing weight or they are finding relief from depression or anxiety. Helping patients to improve their lives by improving their health is why we are here.
Question: What most appeals to you about working at Edina Sports + Family Medicine?
Answer: Working in an independent clinic allows me to spend more time with patients and develop the rapport and trust that I feel is so important. This leads to a stronger patient-practitioner relationship and ultimately, better care. I really enjoy the camaraderie of the Nurses, Physicians, and PA’s here as we all work together.
Question: I know that traveling is one of your favorite things to do when you’re not working. Do you have any trips planned?
Answer: I recently went to Napa Valley for a wedding and soon I will be heading to Las Vegas to watch my home team – UND play hockey against The University of Minnesota!
Laura is accepting new patients and you can learn more about her and view her brief bio video on our website.
At Edina Sports + Family Medicine, we care about all aspects of your health. Please contact us if you have questions about sports injuries or any health concerns. Edinahealth.com / 952-926-6489.