Troy Naftzger, Physician’s Assistant
“I became a medic in the military right after high school. It was through my work as a medic that I was introduced to the profession of physician’s assistant. I found it interesting to learn that you didn’t need to become a medical doctor to impact people’s health and help to improve their lives. I knew this would be the career path for me.”
Troy spent 10 years working for one of the nation’s most renowned and respected reconstructive shoulder surgeons at Ohio State. After years of working in orthopedic and reconstructive surgery, he decided it was time for a change.
“Too many people are having surgery and seeing serious complications afterward. I feel surgery should be the last option, not the first.” Troy started looking around for other more natural avenues that were true to the rehabilitative principles he learned during his residency.
Family and Faith Come First
Troy considers himself very family and faith-oriented. He spends a lot of time with his wife and kids and is also an ordained minister. He likes to farm and fish and is a self-proclaimed hillbilly. He enjoys our local and national parks, especially Boston Mills Brandywine. He likes to get his kids outside and moving and is teaching them how to snowboard.
Troy is a basketball coach for the Christian organization Upwards. Through this, he teaches kids how to find faith and what that means for them. Community outreach is an important part of Troy’s life.