Kristy VanBeek, MS, PA-C
Kristy VanBeek is an established and highly skilled, Nationally Certified Physician Assistant with over 20 years of healthcare experience. Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, Kristy began her career in healthcare as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2001 with a desire to be more intimately involved in patient care by working in long-term healthcare facilities. Two years later, her ambitions led her to pursue training and certification in Medical Assisting, wherein she initially worked in Occupational Health then transitioned to Pediatrics. During her tenure in Pediatrics, she took a keen interest in pediatric and adult infectious diseases, primarily childhood recurrent infections and the clinical management of skin and soft tissue infections. A mentor made a profound comment to her “You need to do more; you have the sagacity and foresight to do remarkable things in medicine.” Armed with this wisdom and the passion for training others, Kristy was promoted to a Practice Management role in which she educated and trained many medical assistants. Her devotion for learning led her to pursue an Associates of Science with Honors, which propelled her to Western Michigan University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health and Administration with a focus in Holistic Health, graduating Cum Laude.
Upon graduation, she was promoted to the rank of Assistant Director of Education where she oversaw all the healthcare training programs on the campus. Having worked with students and in various medical facilities in Southwest Michigan, she decided to focus her career on practicing medicine by attending graduate school to focus on Physician Assistant studies. During her graduate tenure at Western Michigan University, she had the opportunity to garner a diverse array of additional experiences in the medical field, completing rotations in a variety of specialties from Neurosurgery to Dermatology. In 2017, she graduated at the top of her class, earning board certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Western Michigan University. Infectious diseases were a recurrent and reoccurring theme in her daily patient care. Her exposure to the field of Infectious Diseases played a prominent role in her desire to join the team at Apex Physicians.
Kristy frequently takes part in conferences for clinicians with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Infectious Diseases. In addition, she is adept at suggesting pragmatic approaches to patient care, diagnosing, treating, and prescribing the most effective courses of treatment of infectious diseases. She has a passion for helping people, going the extra mile, and being a source, whom patients can trust in their overall healthcare experience. Having lost her mother to a stroke, she fully
understands the importance of being a supportive healthcare provider for not only the patient but for the patient's family as well. She is known for her meticulous and compassionate patient care, strong work ethic, bedside manner, kind spirit, and dedication to her patients.
In her spare time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her two wonderful boys, husband, family, and friends. She likes sports, the outdoors, cooking, and crocheting; a skill taught to her when she was 5 yrs. old by her grandmother and to date –continues to perfect. She has a passion for music and was the lead singer of a Motown/ Stax band in Michigan for over 10 years.