Fred Kosmach is a nationally certified and state-licensed physician’s assistant who works with Dr. Brendel to help Wisconsin patients find pain relief. Fred has been practicing medicine for nearly 25 years. Much of his career focused on family practice and urgent care, so he brings a broad perspective to pain management and considers the whole patient when providing care.
My favorite part of being a health care provider is seeing patients leave their office with smiles on their faces. They all come in with a lot of pain and with fear and worry in their eyes. There is nothing more fulfilling than working to help people feel better.
When you first work with Fred, he’ll talk with you about your situation. He knows that anxiety and fear are often big parts of being in pain, so he will try to put you at ease. He’ll ask questions and will take time to listen. If you haven’t had testing recently, he may request some scans CTs or MRIs can help find out what is truly going on. When he has a clear picture of your situation, he will work with you to create a treatment plan designed to provide real relief.
At Interventional Pain Specialists of Wisconsin, Fred often meets with new patients to determine the next steps before those patients meet with Dr. Brendel. He also sees current patients to check up on their progress after procedures.
Collaboration is at the heart of Fred’s patient care philosophy. He and Dr. Brendel collaborate with other medical providers to deliver the most medically appropriate care possible. Their network includes orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, psychologists, primary care physicians. Together, they work to get to the bottom of what is causing a patient’s pain, physically and psychologically.
Collaboration also involves the patient. Fred sees a large part of any patient’s success tied to the patient’s willingness to take an active part in their healthcare.
“You have to want to change, to make an effort, to do what you can to get better.” –Fred Kosmach, PA-C
When Fred isn’t at the Interventional Pain Specialists of Wisconsin clinic, he chairs his church council and is the current president of the Shell Lake Lions Club. Additionally, he volunteers monthly at the free clinic in Rice Lake. Fred spends his free time with his wife Terri or in his fishing boat, seeking out the next great Muskie.
Born in Missouri to a military family, Fred grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Wisconsin in 1996. (Yes, it’s true, even after more than two decades in Wisconsin, he remains a steadfast Bears fan. Da Bears!)