Matthew Rajala, PA-C

Divine Savior Wellness Center
Print this page




Masters - Physician Assistant Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bachelor Science Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh


Divine Savior Wellness Center
2815 New Pinery Rd Portage Suite 3


“I feel the deepest sense of reward from seeing a person go from a place of illness to a place of healing. It truly is an honor to be able to work alongside our patients. I enjoy getting to know each person I work with and count it an honor to be able to assist each one meet the goals they are targeting.”

-Matthew Rajala, PA-C


Matthew joins the orthopedic department at Divine Savior Healthcare as he follows his calling to be a physician assistant. His decision to become a physician assistant was influenced by all the providers who helped him in a time of need.


“I did not simply stumble into a career in the medical field. My life was directly impacted by the PAs, doctors, and nurses who cared for my family during a time of tragedy. I was living in Scotland attending a small college when news of my mother’s car accident brought me back home to Wisconsin. With the death of my mother, I was quickly placed in a position to help my father care for my younger sisters and brother. The caring support my family was shown during my mother's hospital stay and in follow up after she died touched me so profoundly that it unlocked the realization that I too could care for others in this same way. My mind was made up, I wanted to serve others. It was shortly after this that I made the decision to start nursing school; my future in the medical field was just beginning. After working as a nurse for eight years in Madison I felt a desire to return to school to broaden my abilities. I attended UW Madison’s PA program and became a physician assistant.”


Matthew prides himself in being a good listener. He knows that effective communication is key and goes above and beyond to ensure he takes those extra moments with patients to hear their whole story.


“Taking the time necessary to listen and to be present in the moment is something that our fast paced, connected, world seems to ignore. Sometimes those few extra moments taken to listen to the entire story are the most important moments of the entire interaction,” shares Matthew.


Matthew joins us from the city of Neenah, Wisconsin. A little larger than Portage, but says it holds the same feel – “a working class town on the Fox River where folks are resourceful and enjoy the outdoors.”


Matthew, himself, enjoys the outdoors as he grew up swimming, boating and fishing on the Fox. He is now able to do that with this wife and two small children as he loves to travel, camp and just spend time relaxing with them. In his spare time he can be found biking around southwestern Wisconsin. He is a member of the Revolution Cycles bike team and looks forward to racing cyclocross every fall/winter. Or you may find Matthew playing his bass guitar in a rock/jazz trio at local events or crafting his own beer as he recently became a brewmeister.


If Matthew could choose another profession, he would do something that was creative and interactive with people, such as having his own bike brand. “I’ve had a dream of starting my own bike company where I would build my own bikes, from the frame up. This would be the perfect blend of creativity and working with customers.”


For right now, Matthew is excited to be a provider at Divine Savior Healthcare and continue his profession in orthopedics.


If Matthew could share any advice it would be from Henry David Thoreau, who wrote, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”


Matthew says, “This quote has stuck with me as life’s adventures have tempered who I am today and this quote perfectly exemplifies why I am a physician assistant now.”