Crystal Oberle

Crystal Oberle

Physician Assistant, Midlands Clinic
North Sioux City, SD
Psychology, 2011

"For current students, be involved as much as possible. Whether this is getting to know your professors, volunteering, clubs, intramurals, supporting Coyote athletics – there is something for everyone. For new graduates, do not be afraid to network; the Coyote Nation is spread across the United States and the world."

Q&A with Crystal:

Describe your current educational or professional pursuits.

I am currently a physician assistant in dermatology at Midlands Clinic in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota and have been there for six years since graduation. I also work acute care for Family Healthcare of Siouxland in Sioux City and Vermillion Sanford Medical Clinic. The University of South Dakota provided me with the tools to juggle a busy patient load working full time, while still being able to find the perfect amount of time for family, hobbies and travel.

How did your USD experience influence your career path?

The University of South Dakota is the reason I am a physician assistant! Dr. Barb Goodman was my advisor and was the person who first introduced me to the idea of becoming a physician assistant my junior year of college when I was not sure if I wanted to go to medical school. The various science classes, along with medical related electives, helped to shape and prepare me for my current career including the hard work that is needed working full time in medicine, having a family and still having time to enjoy other aspects life. The summer after my junior year I was able to do eight weeks of research in cardiology which solidified my goals and aspirations to work in medicine someday.

Tell us about your proudest achievement.

My proudest achievement while at the University of South Dakota was graduating Summa Cum Laude as a student-athlete with a 4.0 GPA. My senior year I was also named USD’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Outside of USD my proudest achievement is my family. I have a wonderful husband who also graduated from USD and is an administrator and together we have three-year-old twins with another blessing on the way. USD holds a special place in our hearts and we cannot ever repay the experiences and life lessons we learned from this wonderful place that has set us up to be successful adults.

What was your USD experience like? Were you involved in any campus organizations or activities?

My personal experience at the University of South Dakota was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to meet my now husband along with many of my lifelong friends. The various activities, classes and professors set the pipeline for a successful career after graduation as a physician assistant. I was blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in Habitat for Humanity, Big Pal/Little Pal, Girls on the Run, a proctor/tutor, a camp counselor for Lawrence Brother Science camp, various honor societies, a research assistant and a member of the successful USD track & field team. The support and experiences I received from USD track & field not only transitioned onto the track but also into academics. I was able to capture a couple conference titles individually and help my team to many conference titles while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

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