Penny Vinnedge initially planned on a nursing career in high school. But then
she read about physician assistants and
pursued that as a career because physician
assistants are allowed more responsibilities,
such as making a diagnosis and treatment
plan, and prescribing medications.
“We are more involved in decision-making
and still remain hands-on with patients,”
she explained. Her time at Marshfield Clinic Health System is split between assisting with surgeries,
performing her own procedures such as
sclerotherapy injections to treat varicose
veins, and meeting with patients before
and after their surgeries.
Vinnedge grew up near Medford, Wisconsin, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During her training, she had a large number of clinical rotations at Health System Clinic locations in central and western Wisconsin, and was impressed with its electronic medical record system.
She and her husband, Tom, a real estate agent in Marshfield, have two young children. She enjoys camping, fishing and cake decorating.