As a member of the team that serves in Ringgold County Hospital’s Specialty Clinics, Kate Tripp, PA, enjoys the time she spends in Mt. Ayr. She’s a Physician Assistant who specializes in urology and travels from Des Moines at least once a month to care for patients at Ringgold County Hospital. “I really like the community feel,” said Kate. “And it’s great seeing patients in a hospital. All the resources we need are right here.”

Kate chose urology as her specialty because she wanted to become proficient in one area of medicine. She has training in psychiatry and primary care but is enjoying the challenges of urology. She sees both men and women for a variety of issues including urinary tract infections, kidney stones, prostate disease and cancer, and sexual health concerns. “Moving into urology was a big switch, but I like knowing more about a single area. As a physician assistant, I can spend a little more time with patients. I like to do a lot of education,” she said.

Kate Tripp, PA, and Shyanne Allen, DPT, offer pelvic floor therapy

Kate is also working closely with Ringgold County Hospital’s physical therapy department as they roll out a new pelvic floor therapy program. “It’s really helpful for patients with incontinence or chronic pelvic pain,” says Kate. “When I was in the clinic last week, we had a patient who was leaking urine when she coughed, laughed, or sneezed. Medication just doesn’t work. Pelvic floor physical therapy is the only thing that will help. Patients are really going to benefit.” She added that most PT clinics don’t offer this specific therapy. “It takes additional training, and the therapists at Ringgold County Hospital have completed the updated training.”

When Kate is not in Mt. Ayr, she’s assisting in surgeries or working in another Iowa Clinic. She lives in Des Moines and enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her husband and two French Bulldogs. She also enjoys traveling, trying new foods, spending time outdoors, and working on renovating her home.