Alumni in the Medical Field
Published June 13, 2019
Brady Griffith and Brayton Kiedrowski both graduated from Southwest Christian High School in 2008 and now, 11 years later, are full-time in the medical field. The two graduates were heavily involved at SWCHS, serving as student leaders, singing in Chamber Singers, and participating in athletes.
Brady Griffith, Emergency Medicine Physician’s Assistant
Brady Griffith made his decision to attend Crown College and received his bachelor’s degree in biology in 2012. The SWCHS graduate also captained the men’s soccer team while at Crown, earning Academic All-American honors and the UMAC Scholar Athlete Leadership Award as a senior. Brady met his bride, Alyssa, at Crown, and they are celebrating six years of marriage this year. After he received his undergraduate degree, Brady attended Augsburg University where he earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2016. He served as the vice president of his class, started a chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and was voted the Most Outstanding PA Student.
Since graduation, he has been working as an Emergency Medicine PA at Ridgeview in Waconia as well as at 212 Medical Center in Chaska. Brady loves the variety of the patient population, procedures, and critical care. He serves on the medical response team for the Chaska campus of Grace Church, which meets at SWCHS. Brady enjoys investing in the next generation of PAs by speaking at Crown about the profession, lecturing for the PA students at Augsburg, and hosting student shadows who are interested in the field. He also helps train the next generation of emergency medical personnel at Crown with mock scenarios for their EMS training program.
The Griffiths have a home in St. Bonifacius with their two year old son, Elijah, and are expecting a daughter in August. He hopes they become future Stars at SWCHS! Between trying to keep a toddler alive and a soon-to-be newborn, there is not much free time these days, but when he has the chance he enjoys a good bonfire with friends, traveling, and exercising to fend off the dreaded “dad bod.”
Brayton Kiedrowski, Family Medicine
Brayton Kiedrowski attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of arts degree. Brayton was accepted at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in May of 2013 and started his four-year medical school journey the following August. “To say that medical school was all about endurance is a massive understatement,” said Brayton. “I spent the first two years by going to class eight hours a day, studying for another three to five hours after getting home, maybe running a bit for my own sanity, and probably taking a test at least once every three days. To be honest, at the end of second year, I wouldn’t have done it again. But then year three started. I went on rotations, cared for patients in the hospital and clinics, and was taught by real-life examples by other physicians. At the end of medical school, it was all worth it.”
Brayton starts his third year of family medicine residency in July, training to be a family medicine physician, which is one route to becoming a sports medicine doctor. “Residency has been hard: physically and mentally, especially on relationships,” he said. “But God has blessed me with meeting my best friend, Katie.” The two got married in March this year. “She continues to be the best part of each day…even when I don’t get to see her because I’m working two weeks straight of night shift.” “It truly has been a crazy 11 years, but God has been in it from the start. I can’t stress that enough.”