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Bret Gerstner


Bret Gerstner


(573) 635-8000

Bret Gerstner is a Physician Assistant practicing general orthopaedics and collaborating with Dr. Craighead. He sees patients for general orthopaedic concerns.


Bret was born and raised in Jefferson City, where he attended Helias Catholic High School and met his wife, Meghan. He attended Truman State University where he majored in exercise science and played college baseball. While in college, Bret suffered a shoulder injury which required surgery—this is where he first encountered a PA working with the surgeon who operated on his shoulder. From that time on, he knew a career as an Orthopaedic PA would be a great fit.

After college, Bret worked as an EMT on the ambulance to gain patient care experience. He continued his education at UMKC, attending their PA school. After graduating, he worked as an Orthopaedic PA in Kansas City before moving back home to Jefferson City.

In his free time, Bret enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and going on float trips. He stays active by playing in rec softball, volleyball and basketball leagues. Bret and his wife are excited to be back home in Jefferson City, where they are renovating his grandparents’ old house and plan to raise their family.


Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant – University of Missouri-Kansas City
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Minors in Biology and Psychology – Truman State University


Nationally Certified Physician Assistant through NCCPA
Licensed Physician Assistant in the State of Missouri
Basic Life Support through American Heart Association
Certified Exercise Physiologist through The American College of Sports Medicine

Awards / Honors

University of Missouri-Kansas City
• Awarded Dean’s Scholarship selected by UMKC School of Medicine Allied Health Scholarship Committee

Truman State University
• Graduated Magna Cum Laude
• Awarded Departmental Honors in Exercise Science
• Selected for the Academic All-Conference Baseball Team four consecutive years
• Named Honorable Mention Truman State University Freshman Student Athlete of the Year

Contact Information

For Appointment:
(573) 635-8000


Service Locations
JCMG Orthopaedic Center

1225 West Stadium Blvd
Jefferson City, MO  65109

JCMG Surgery Center

3520 West Edgewood Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109