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Meet Claire WatkinsFoot Sports Led Claire Watkins To Hand Care

Physician Assistant Claire Watkins played soccer in high school, and without knowing it at the time, that set her on her future career in healthcare.

“I had three knee surgeries right out of high school from a soccer injury. I was intrigued by the details of my surgery and decided to start shadowing different professions in the medical field.” And that’s how Claire Watkins decided to become a Physician Assistant. “I love the teamwork and versatility that comes with being a PA as well the extra time I get to spend with patients.”

Claire is a Louisville native who completed her undergraduate training at Centre College and received her graduate degree from the University of Kentucky. Despite UK being her alma mater, one of her favorite things about living in Louisville is UofL sports. (She’s quick to cheer on the Cards!) And soccer is still near to her heart too—she names retired American pro soccer player Mia Hamm as her role model.

Claire has been working at Kleinert Kutz since 2017, but what drew here there? “Dr. Scheker!” is Claire’s simple and enthusiastic response. Claire’s father and Dr. Scheker knew each other years previously, and when Claire decided to enter healthcare, her dad gave the good doctor a call. It was good timing. “The surgery center needed a nurse’s aide, so I started there to get my patient care hours while applying for PA school.”

“The continuity of care in orthopedics is my favorite part of the profession,” says Claire. “I will see most patients a day or so after their injury and then all throughout their care. It’s great to see their progress and healing.”

Claire’s favorite quote is the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you wish to be treated, and the last book on her nightstand was Brenda Novak’s thriller, Before We Were Strangers.

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