Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Southern Oregon University
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Abigail Reed, PA-C, is a Surgical Care and Orthopedic Care provider at Amberwell Hiawatha. Abigail and her family moved from Washington state to Hiawatha, Kansas, preferring the close-knit, community feel of a small Midwestern town to the hustle and bustle of the West Coast. She joined Amberwell with extensive experience in a wide range of areas, including general surgery, breast cancer surgery, breast reconstruction surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, wound care, and C-sections. Abigail is passionate about patient-centered care and treats each patient with empathy, compassion, and respect.
“My husband and I actually were looking for a small community in the Midwest where we could settle down and raise our children,” recalls Abigail. “He is from a small town in Upstate New York and has fond memories of growing up in a close-knit community. During my search, I saw that Amberwell Hiawatha was hiring in surgical care, and so I reached out and was invited for an interview. My husband and I wanted to visit Hiawatha in person to get a sense of the community and the area, and we absolutely fell in love! It’s a beautiful town and the people are so welcoming and kind. We began making friends almost instantly, and that was a huge factor in our decision to move here.”
Influenced by her mom’s nursing career, Abigail has always been drawn to healthcare. “I grew up watching my mom work as a nurse, and it steered me toward healthcare,” Abigail explained. “But I knew I wanted to take on more responsibility in my own career.” I first became a surgical tech and then an operating room assistant as I tried to figure out which area of healthcare to pursue. It was in the OR where I found my calling. Watching the surgeons work, I was fascinated by the procedures and the positive impact they had on patients’ lives. The PA role stood out because it offers a unique blend of autonomy and the chance to build real relationships with patients.”
“I really take the time to listen to my patients,” said Abigail. “It’s not just about hearing their symptoms; it’s about understanding their experiences, which often gives me the clues I need for the right diagnosis or treatment. My patients know they can talk to me without fear of judgment, which builds trust and helps me treat them effectively. I meet each person with empathy, compassion, and respect, because that’s the heart of my practice. Sure, it can be tough when patients don’t immediately take the advice or services offered, but I never give up on them. I remember that pivotal moments for change are often unpredictable, and I need to be there for them when they’re ready. That’s what being a healthcare provider is all about.”
Abigail and her husband have two young children, a son and a daughter, along with two dogs—Bailey, a beagle mix, and Echo, a golden retriever. When she’s not caring for patients, Abigail loves spending time with her family. Her favorite hobbies involve being outdoors, hiking, skeet and trap shooting, camping, hunting, and fishing. During football season, she cheers for the Buffalo Bills.