Physician Assistant

Kayla Brunkow, PA-C

Alexandria, MN

Kayla Brunkow is a board-certified physician assistant who supports Dr. Ristvedt as she performs oculoplastic surgeries. She also works with patients at Kalon where she helps them understand and improve their skin. Read More


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Meet Kayla Brunkow

Before joining Vance Thompson Vision, Kayla spent more than ten years practicing in the St. Cloud area. Through her work in primary care and surgical assisting, she developed a deep appreciation for the value of building solid, trusting relationships with each patient she treats. Her work continues to be guided by a firm belief in the value of relationships, and she’s grateful for the emphasis Vance Thompson Vision puts on talking with patients about their goals and tailoring treatments to meet them.


  • South Dakota State University
  • Physician Assistant Studies, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

Awards & Honors

  • Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants Fellow
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants Fellow

Personal & Hobbies

A native Minnesotan, Kayla and her husband are proud parents to two children who are committed to enjoying the diverse Minnesota seasons. Snowshoeing, gardening, and tapping their maple trees are some of Kayla’s favorite family activities, along with reading a good suspense novel.

Prioritizing Research

Kayla has a strong belief in fostering an environment of patient-focused, evidence-based care, which is supported by the extensive research conducted through Vance Thompson Vision.

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Kayla is a member of Dr. Ristvedt’s team. To schedule a consultation with the Ristvedt team, simply call the number below or click Contact Us, and we’ll be in touch shortly. We are honored by the opportunity to serve you.

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