Dickinson Pulmonology Clinic Adds New Provider
Certified Physician Assistant, Cassidy Sanders, has joined Dr. Breion Tafoya in the care of patients at Dickinson Pulmonology Clinic. Cassidy first acquired education and training as a respiratory therapist before pursuing his career path as a Physician Assistant. For the past six years he has been employed as a respiratory therapist at Kindred Hospital in North Dakota and at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City while pursuing his education.
Cassidy has an extensive, and very successful, educational background. He attained his Associate of Arts degree in 2004 from Bismarck State College in North Dakota, graduating with a perfect 4.0 average. In 2009, Cassidy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, graduating first in his class with a perfect 4.0 in his major. In 2015, he successfully earned his Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City completing the program with a 3.74 grade point average.
Cassidy chose a career in medicine because he has always enjoyed the science behind that field of study as well as the detective work involved in the determination of an accurate diagnosis. Discovering what is at the core of the patient’s problem has always appealed to Cassidy.
“I believe first that it is most important to listen carefully to what my patient is telling me and how he or she is describing the problem,” explained Cassidy. “Once we discover the root cause of the problem, I involve the patient in the plan of care. There are usually different treatment options to consider, and if my patient is comfortable with the option chosen, he or she is much more likely to follow the plan.”
A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Cassidy has always appreciated the outdoors and prefers small town life. He and his wife, Lucy, are happy to get out of the big city and have found the Iron Mountain / Kingsford communities to be very friendly and welcoming. They enjoy hiking, camping and fishing and Cassidy shares Dr. Tafoya’s love of motorcycles.
“After visiting, it just felt right,” commented Cassidy. “We look forward to making the area our home.”
Appointments with Cassidy can be made by calling the Dickinson Pulmonology Clinic at (906) 776-5930. Cassidy, along with Dr. Tafoya, provide medical management for all aspects of lung disease and the diagnosis and treatment of chronic lung conditions. Diagnostic procedures include bronchoscopies and the interpretation of pulmonary function studies. Very soon they will be launching a lung cancer screening program.
The following signs and symptoms may indicate lung disease: chronic coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, fatigue, weight loss, frequent respiratory infections, morning headaches, and swollen feet and ankles. Follow up with your primary care physician or a Pulmonologist is recommended.