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Kelly L. Downes, PA-C

Hospital Medicine
I aim to be an advocate for every patient through shared decision-making and open dialogue.

Approach To Care

Kelly Downes is passionate about patient-centered care ensuring that each individual’s concerns are acknowledged and addressed during every encounter. Kelly was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at a young age and her personal experience has afforded her the ability to appreciate the importance of open communication and trust between the provider and patient. Her positive attitude and reassuring demeanor serve as a comfort to individuals during their hospitalization, and she aims to provide every patient with the tools needed to take an active role in their healthcare.

Overall, Kelly strives to provide individualized but comprehensive care by prioritizing shared decision making and evidence-based medicine to ensure each patient is receiving the highest quality of care.


Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish for the Health Professions — Marquette University
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies — Butler University

Board Certifications 

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider


Kelly was raised in Eagan, MN and has been an avid volleyball player her whole life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors (yes even in those Minnesota winters), listening to live music, reading and spending time with her family and friends. Traveling is one of her favorite pastimes and currently her biggest bucket list item is to travel to Argentina.

Accepted Insurance

All North Memorial Health providers accept the following insurance carriers. Because health insurance plan payments vary and benefit levels are unique to each plan, you may confirm out of pocket cost with your insurance carrier by calling the number on the back of your insurance card.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medical Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Preferred One
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthcare