Dawn Kopf, MMS, PA-C
Dawn Kopf – MMS PA-C, is a board-certified physician assistant who cares for patients at Valley View’s Spine Center, working closely with neurosurgeon Dr. Wade Ceola in the operating room and the clinic. Prior to joining Valley View, she worked in Aspen Valley Hospital’s ER and the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute in Denver. Dawn finds her medical calling is in the operating room, and she has been eager to work in that environment once again, assisting with surgeries like posterior lumbar fusion, cervical fusions, and cervical disc replacement.
An Aspen native and a lifelong learner, Dawn’s career as a certified physician assistant is her second one. A series of her own knee surgeries piqued her interest in medicine and led her to pursue a double bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, where she graduated with honors. She then earned her master’s in medical science from Midwestern University.
Immediately after high school, she studied fine arts at the University of North Carolina and danced professionally for several years with both the Berlin State Ballet, and as a founding member of the acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. She finds that her intrinsic focus and dedication, both required in the discipline of dance, have naturally transitioned to her medical practice and aptitude for surgery.
“When I worked in the ER, I had the opportunity to get to know Dr. Ceola. I would speak to him for consulting on cases and he was amazingly responsive when I would call,” says Dawn. “When I saw this position open, I applied immediately. Now I’m back in a place where I see patients post-operatively, and to see them afterward knowing I’ve made a real difference in their life is gratifying.”
Dawn not only loves her work, but the Valley View organization itself. “Everyone is so friendly, and the campus is so beautiful.”
When she isn’t in the clinic or operating room, she may be hiking with her partner Jonathan and her dog Duke. The couple also love cycling and long road bike rides on the trails and passes in the Colorado mountains.