After working at MCO as an orthopedic technician in 2018, Parker returned to MCO in 2021 as a physician assistant to Dr. Lucas Armstrong. Coming back to MCO was an easy choice for Parker because of the great environment and friendly staff. Working with Dr. Armstrong, Parker frequently assists with total hip and knee replacements. Parker grew an interest in orthopedics after sustaining a sports-related injury himself.

Parker grew up in Bloomington, IL, and graduated Cum Laude from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology. He then received his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medicine Allied Health Professional. During his final years of college, Parker completed various clinical rotations that included Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, and Orthopedics. When he is not assisting Dr. Armstrong, he enjoys watching the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bears and spending time with his family.

Education

  • 2018-2020 – Master of Physician Assistant Studies,
    University of Nebraska Medicine Allied Health Professional, Omaha, NE
  • 2013-2017 – Bachelor of Science Molecular and Cellular Biology (Cum Laude)
    Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Professional Licenses

  • Physician Assistant (PA-C) by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) – January 2021
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – August 2019
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – August 2019

Clinical and Professional Experience/Training

  • Physician Assistant - McLean County Orthopedics - February 2021 – Present
  • Orthopedic Technician – McLean County Orthopedics – December 2017 – August 2018
  • Orthopedic Scribe – McLean County Orthopedics – June 2017 – December 2017
  • EMT, Basic – Redbird EMS – August 2015 – July 2018
  • Orthopedics – McLean County Orthopedics – Bloomington, IL
  • General Surgery – Integrated Surgical Specialist – Bloomington, IL
  • Emergency Medicine – Bryan Medical Center – Lincoln, NE
  • Cardiology – Methodist Heart Consultants LLC – Omaha, NE
  • Otolaryngology - ENT Physicians of Kearney - Kearney, Nebraska
  • Women’s Health - Lexington Regional Health Center - Lexington, NE
  • Internal Medicine - CHI Health Good Samaritan Clinic - Kearney, NE
  • Family Medicine - OSF Family Medicine - Bloomington, IL - Cherry County Hospital and Clinic - Valentine, NE
  • Pediatrics - Memorial Community Hospital and Health System - Blair, NE
  • Psychiatry - University of Nebraska Medicine - Omaha, NE