What is a Nurse Practitoner?
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are Registered Nurses who have gone back to school to recieve advanced education and training. They are qualified medical practitioners who provide excellent, comprehensive, and personalized health care. In Oregon, Nurse Practitioners are licensed to provide professional heath care and can practice completely independently. Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat common acute illnesses such as earaches or bladder infections, manage chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes, and perform routine well women exams, including pap smears and family planning. They order and interpret x-rays and laboratory tests, prescribe medications and provide health education. In other words, Nurse Practitioners can do whatever it takes to take care of their patients, in order to encourage and support the patient’s individual path to health.
Laura became a registered nurse in 1973, and has always loved the variety and challenges inherent in the nursing profession. She has done all kinds of nursing, from serving in cancer units as a floor nurse to flying in helicopters with critically ill patients. She excelled in intensive care settings, helped traumatized patients in emergency rooms, and assisted women in labor to deliver their babies.
In 1980, she graduated at the top of her class as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and moved from California to Central Oregon. She worked in women's health, prenatal care, family practice, and in management at St. Charles Medical Center. In 2000, she opened an independent Nurse Practitioner practice in Bend which was recognized as an innovative entrepreneurial model for health care by the Nurse Practitioner World News. Recently, wanting to return to her small town roots, she moved her practice to her home town of Redmond, opening a new clinic called The Laura Center. Laura is happy to concentrate now on what she does best...giving complete women's primary health care in a warm, intimate setting. Laura totally enjoys getting to really know her amazing patients. Caring for women and helping them to be well is her passion. Laura lives with her husband, an organic farmer, three dogs, three cats, and two horses on ten acres. She loves to garden, ride her horse, work on an endless variety of art projects, spend time with family, write, and enjoy the beauty of Central Oregon.
Carrie has lived in Central Oregon for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of health care office settings, and is the talented woman who keeps The Laura Center organized and functioning smoothly. She wears many hats at the clinic, including that of friendly telephone answerer and patient welcomer, insurance paperwork manager, screwed up computer wrangler, billing questions and research coordinator, and most importantly, she is the 'keeping Laura on track' person.
She truly is our Office Goddess.
Carrie enjoys family time with her husband and son. They and her amazing dog keep her busy,(and laughing). She is an amazingly creative cook, loves being outdoors in the High Desert, and indulging in reading marathons.