Kristina Sandstedt, PA-C
Kristina Sandstedt believes in patient-centered care that is enhanced through trust. Her goal is to empower her patients to take control of their health. She focuses on working together with her patients toward improving or maintaining fundamental healthy behaviors that lead to more fulfilling lives.
Kristina believes in continuous steps toward healthy balance. Read about ways she keeps moving, aspiring, and growing through life and how she helps patients do the same.
Kristina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology from Colorado Mesa University, while competing as a student athlete on the women’s fast pitch softball team. She went on to complete her Master of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Montana.
Marriage and career opportunities took Kristina to Columbia, Missouri, where she cared for patients in both inpatient and outpatient diabetes and cardiac rehab clinical settings. During this time, she earned certifications as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and as an American College of Sports Medicine – Clinical Exercise Specialist.
Following nearly 15 years of clinical practice, Kristina wanted to do more for her patients. She completed her degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Kristina believes in sustainable interventions:
“I want to partner with patients to help explore self-care strategies that will motivate practical and healthy lifestyle behaviors throughout the lifespan.”
She also believes in sticking to the simple fundamentals. When it comes to nutrition, she focuses on portion control and eating whole fruits and vegetables. For her, eating healthy does not mean giving up all the foods you love!
As for physical activity, Kristina never wants her patients to underestimate the power of a walk. She wants everyone to understand that being active has been shown to improve mood, memory, and overall sense of well-being.
She also values teamwork:
“A team approach is fundamental to comprehensive patient care. Integration of healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds can facilitate comprehensive treatment planning across all areas of healthy living, including nutrition, physical activity, diabetes education, and behavioral and mental health.”
Kristina stays healthy by partaking in a variety of activities.
She enjoys daily walks with her husband, Scott, and beagle, Stanley. She participates in outdoor play with her two children, Harrison and Addilyn, including hiking, biking, swimming, baseball, basketball, and soccer.
Kristina also likes photography, playing the piano, yard work, and a good book!
She eats balanced meals, most days of the week.
“I enjoy eating out and consuming foods that are not always the healthiest. In my family, we refer to these foods as ‘sometimes foods.’ Food is personal and social, and we should enjoy it!”
Kristina provides a full spectrum of family medicine care, but her special interests include:
• Preventive medicine
• Comprehensive diabetes management
• Cardiovascular risk factor management
• Women’s health