Shannon Dieffenderfer is a physician assistant with previous experience specializing in family medicine and urgent care in rural Alaska.

Shannon assists in both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help patients restore their function and regain their mobility following an orthopedic injury or condition. She works closely with our physicians to provide personalized, compassionate care.

Shannon was a collegiate athlete with aspirations to play professionally when she tore her ACL. That launched her into the orthopedic world and drastically changed her career choice.

She completed her master’s degree of physician assistant studies from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgia State University.

Shannon is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Originally from Dawsonville, Georgia, she loves hiking, biking, snowshoeing and skiing (cross-country and downhill). She also enjoys martial arts and photography.


  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Suwanee, GA
  • Bachelor of Science - Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA


  • Family Medicine
  • Urgent Care

Board Certifications

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Ms. Dieffenderfer is available to see patients at the following location:

Anchorage Clinic & Physical Therapy

4100 Lake Otis Pkwy
Anchorage, AK 99508
Main Clinic: Suite 220
Physical Therapy: Suite 108

Physical Therapy