New independent primary care practice to open
February 07, 2016
Earnest was inspired to become a Family Nurse Practitioner by her mother in law, retired registered nurse Kay Earnest. In 2001, after staying home to raise her two sons, Earnest became a registered nurse. She worked for 10 years in local clinics and the emergency department before pursuing an advanced nursing degree while working full-time. In 2013 Earnest earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing, specializing in Family Practice.
“I love taking care of the individuals in our community”, Earnest states. “I take pride in being a part of the patient’s healthcare team, working with them to customize their care in a way that works for them so that they are healthy and able to continue enjoying the things they love, on their terms.”
Earnest believes in a holistic approach to healthcare, combining a mix of both traditional and nontraditional modalities for the best-individualized results. Earnest’s training prepared her specifically in family practice. She will offer primary care services that include wellness exams for all age groups, school & sports health exams, Merchant Mariner physicals, and acute/urgent care. She is also nationally certified to perform Department of Transportation commercial driver physical exams. Earnest has an enthusiasm for preventative healthcare with a strong interest in teens through young adulthood.
Joining Earnest’s practice as a certified nursing assistant is another local resident, Shannon Orr. Orr is currently completing a nationally certified medical assistant apprenticeship program. The duo worked together previously and find they compliment each other well. Orr and Earnest had the opportunity to work under the guidance of a hepatologist to implement an FDA approved Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment program with cure rates of 90%-100%. They plan to continue offering this potentially life saving evidence-based treatment regimen to those with chronic HCV infection. “Shannon is a valuable asset to me and to this community. Her drive to pursue her nursing degree is inspiring in itself and I am delighted to support that.”
Serenity Health & Wellness will have direct access to the onsite lab at TSS, Inc., the building in which they are also housed. “Our patients can get their blood drawn right here, immediately. EKG’s and other ancillary services can be obtained in one appointment. That is a huge benefit to the patient and one that I think sets us apart,” Earnest states.
Appointments can be made after February 25 by calling 247-WELL (247-9355). A website at www.serenityketchikan.com will eventually be launched and is currently under construction.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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