Rick Steinburg, PA-C has been with Sinus Center – Idaho and Allergy Clinic-Idaho for 12 years. His dedication to patient care, love for helping people with allergies, and great sense of humor help make our office one of the best. He and his wife, Wendy, have five children and two grandchildren.
Q. Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today?
For a long time, my brother was in and out of the emergency room monthly, because of allergies and asthma. When I graduated 24 years ago, I asked him what the doctors were doing for him because all he had was a rescue medicine. He had no preventative care and he had no help, so no wonder he was in the ER! I took over his care and worked with an immunologist. Now he is much better and doesn’t go to the ER.
Q. Do you have any personal goals you are working on personally?
For me right now, part of it’s keeping a balance in work, health, social, and emotional balance. You can tell when you get out of balance in any of those areas.
Q. What led you to this job?
So I was in Iowa and I was working with an Immunologist/Allergist half a week and and ENT group the other half of the week. On the ENT side we’d fix their structures, but sometimes membrane issues would still affect them. So I’d be able to help them again on the membrane side. It helped me appreciate there are two sides to this coin. You can have wonderful structure, but if you have sneezy, itchy, runny nose, watery eyes, swelling, coughing, wheezing, etc. It doesn’t help. You can’t just fix one. And vice versa, you can fix the membrane, but if the septum’s really deviated, all the treatment in the world won’t help. So, my wife wanted to move closer to family and the newspaper had an ad for and Allergy & ENT Physician Assistant in Boise. I said, ‘That’s me! Obvious they’re talking about me.’ That was in 2001.
Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you?
Dr. Boyajian. He’s one that has a great work ethic and is able to balance it out to spend time with and love his family. He is passionate about his work.
Q. You’ve mentioned that sometimes enjoy volunteering locally. What kind of volunteer work was your favorite or most memorable? Paint the Town Boise, Rake Up Boise, projects where we rehab parks or plant things as a family. We also like to help out families during the holidays.
Q. What comes easiest to you as a PA?
Helping people. It’s fun.
Q. Favorite weekend activity?
We’re dinner and a movie kids.
Q. Best compliment ever received?
My wife telling me I’m doing a good job as a husband and a father.