North Coun­try Or­thopaedics Wel­comes New Physi­cian As­sis­tant

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Nancy Gunn Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Newport, VT

North­Coun­try Or­thopaedics wel­comes the lat­est ad­di­tion to their team, physi­cian as­sis­tant Norm Dupuis PA-C, MHP. He brings with him ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence from work­ing as a para­medic in Bos­ton, work­ing in an or­thopaedic prac­tice, to work­ing as a physi­cian as­sis­tant in the war­zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Norm joins full-time or­thopaedic sur­geon, Dr. Glen Neale, at the prac­tice which is lo­cated on the cam­pus of North Coun­try Hospi­tal.

“We are all thrilled and ex­cited to have Norm as part of our team,” Mary Jane Man­fredi said. He is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the op­er­at­ing room and a great help to all of our pa­tients in the clinic.” Mary Jane is the prac­tice man­ager at North Coun­try Or­thopaedics.

A na­tive of Low­ell, Mas­sachusetts, Norm and his wife, Lor­rie, a reg­is­tered nurse, are the par­ents to two chil­dren.

Norm’s work life and ser­vice to his coun­try be­gan soon af­ter high school grad­u­a­tion when he joined the U.S. Army as an In­fantry­man.

“My Dad was in the mil­i­tary dur­ing World War II and I al­ways knew I was go­ing to some­day join the mil­i­tary,” Norm said. While serv­ing as an in­fantry­man he be­came in­ter­ested in the role of medics and other health­care pro-

Mrs. Tré­panier will con­tinue her mis­sion con­sist­ing of or­ga­niz­ing and su­per­vis­ing var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties for the pop­u­la­tion to which are added new co­or­di­na­tion du­ties for the SCRC. She will be avail­able and can be reached at her of­fice from Mon­day through Fri­day, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., by e-mail at or by phone at 819 704-0660.

viders in the mil­i­tary. Af­ter talk­ing to a physi­cian as­sis­tant serv­ing in the Army he knew that it was the di­rec­tion he wanted to take.

Fast for­ward, af­ter three years in the full­time Army, Norm, while serv­ing in the Army Re­serve, went on to earn a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in bi­ol­ogy from Mer­ri­mack Col­lege in Mas­sachusetts. That was fol­lowed by his Para­medic Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from North­east­ern Univer­sity in Bos­ton. He then went on to earn a Mas­ter of Health Pro­fes­sions and com­pleted his re­quire­ments to be­come a Physi­cian As­sis­tant at North­east­ern.

How­ever, he didn’t ob­tain all of his med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence through tra­di­tional means. He re­ceived it as an of­fi­cer and a physi­cian as­sis­tant in the war­zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. As a mem­ber of the Mas­sachusetts Na­tional Guard, Norm was at­tached to the 67th Combat Sup­port Hospi­tal in Mo­sul, Iraq. He served in the war­zone for a year work­ing to meet the med­i­cal needs of U.S. and Coali­tion troops, rang­ing from pre­ven­ta­tive med­i­cal care to combat re­lated in­juries. He also served as the of­fi­cer in charge of med­i­cal treat­ment of en­emy pris­on­ers of war at a de­ten­tion camp.

In De­cem­ber 2009 he de­ployed to Afghanistan, this time with the Ver­mont Na­tional Guard. That tour of duty lasted un­til Septem­ber 2010. He served as the of­fi­cer in charge of a for­ward aid sta­tion. He and his team pro­vided pre­ven­ta­tive med­i­cal care, ur­gent care, and trauma man­age­ment to U.S. and Coali­tion Forces, as well as for Afghan civil­ians.

“Hav­ing the priv­i­lege to serve as a med­i­cal provider in war zones has al­tered my life in so many ways, mostly by mak­ing me a more skill­ful clin­i­cian,” Norm said. “It gave me a greater un­der­stand­ing of the fragility of life and deeper un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of fam­ily and friends that some­times only can be dis­cov­ered when faced with cer­tain ad­ver­si­ties.”

He is still an of­fi­cer in the Ver­mont Na­tional Guard.

In ad­di­tion to his mil­i­tary med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, he worked as a re­searcher at the Dana Far­ber Can­cer Cen­ter, and at the Saint El­iz­a­beth’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bos­ton where he worked in the Car­dio­tho­racic Surgery Depart­ment as a Physi­cian As­sis­tant. He per­formed daily pe­ri­op­er­a­tive man­age­ment and as­sisted in surgery. His med­i­cal ca­reer even­tu­ally took him to Fletcher Allen Health­care in Burling­ton where he worked in or­tho­pe­dic surgery. Then he used his med­i­cal skills at as an Or­thopaedic Sur­gi­cal PA at Co­p­ley Hospi­tal in Morrisville. That is where he met and worked with Dr. Neale who now heads up North Coun­try Or­thopaedics.

“I like work­ing with Dr. Neale,” Norm said. “I also like a small hospi­tal like North Coun­try. The peo­ple here, at the prac­tice and at the hospi­tal are won­der­ful. It is a great com­mu­nity hospi­tal.”

Wel­come to North Coun­try, Norm

Seen in the photo cel­e­brat­ing the 2011 Cen­traide cam­paign dur­ing which the or­ga­niz­ers sur­passed their goal of rais­ing $1,800,000 by $349 are (l. to r.) Claude Forgues, gen­eral di­rec­tor of Cen­traide Es­trie, Carol Fil­lion, gen­eral di­rec­tor of the CSSS, and Jean-claude Arse­nault, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Sam­son Be­lair Deloitte & Touche.

Photo cour­tesy

Physi­cian Dupuis.



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