Family Nurse Practitioner
Helen is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has worked in health care for more than 12 years. She has cared for her patients in primary care, emergency medicine, outpatient surgery, solid organ transplantation, and pain management settings with 8 years of her experience acquired at one of the best medical facilities in the world, the Mayo Clinic Hospital (Phoenix Campus).
Family Nurse Practitioners have six years of additional medical education, beyond the two years required for Registered Nurses. The Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP, FNP) has an additional 8 years of education beyond that of a Registered Nurse. This education includes, but is not limited to, advanced anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, and pharmacology. In addition, the Family Nurse Practitioner must complete extensive clinical primary care training in adult, geriatric, pediatric, and women's health. They must also pass a very difficult testing process to become certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Furthermore, they have extensive training critically analyzing the latest quantitative and qualitative research, using only the very best research to provide the best evidence based medicine to their patients. This is the reason why, just like a physician, Family Nurse Practitioners can practice independently in primary care medicine in Arizona.
She graduated with Honors, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from Grand Canyon University. In addition, she is currently working on her Doctorate to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Grand Canyon University which will be completed October of 2018.
Helen immigrated to the United States after marrying her husband, a United States Marine, in 1999. Helen states, “I’m very proud and feel extremely fortunate to have been allowed to become a United States Citizen, it’s an honor I’ll never takes for granted.” She lives, works, plays, and worships in Prescott, Arizona. Helen shares, “As your primary care provider, I will utilize my excellent assessment, diagnosis, treatment plan development, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic intervention, and preventive health care skills, employing thorough diagnostic and laboratory interpreting abilities while using my experience in quantitative and qualitative research critiquing skills in translating the latest evidence into practice, to bring you the best compassionate and evidence-based health care available.”