Shonna Riedlinger served as a Clinical Dietitian at St Paul Medical Center in Dallas TX and Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA prior to graduating from Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, IL in 1998. She was also the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. Shonna served Columbus area patients at Mount Carmel, St. Ann’s Hospital for over 13 years, before accepting the appointment as an Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator in the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Ohio Dominican University (ODU). Mrs. Riedlinger practiced Emergency Medicine for 13 years at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She has been preceptor for PA, medical and other students student for over 10 years and will continue to do so in clinical practice while a PA faculty member at ODU. In addition to her clinical work, she was the Clinical Supervisor for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners working in the emergency department at St Ann’s, as well as participating in various hospital leadership committees. Professor Riedlinger served as a Board Member for Immediate Health Associates Inc, and as part of their Human Resource Committee and Management team.
As a Certified Nutritional Support Dietitian, Professor Riedlinger focused on assuring the adequate nutritional needs and assessment of critically ill patients. Throughout her career as a Nutritionist, she enjoyed providing nutritional education to inpatients, families of patients, weight loss counseling and being involved in community health fairs. Professor Riedlinger believes that a true holistic approach to patient care is key to better health for the patient, as well as for the patient’s family – and indeed, the health of our community. She enjoyed this aspect of her clinical nutritional career and is excited to continue the same holistic approach to care as a the first Physician Assistant academic coordinator in central Ohio.
Shonna’s medical interests include emergency medicine, wound care, nutrition/fitness, and furthering the process of integrating Physician Assistants into the Interdisciplinary Health Care Team. As a preceptor for PA students, Professor Riedlinger particularly enjoyed the energy, intelligence, and earnest commitment to serving others shown by her students. She looks forward to working with these students as they begin their careers in service to others.