FNP/PA CLASS NOTES
Are you a graduate from the FNP/PA Program and would like to be included in a future edition of Class Notes? Have questions or would like to get in touch with your classmates? If so, contact Isabel Schmitz, FNP/PA Program, at (916) 734-3859 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society presented a third-place award for a poster presentation to nurse practitioner Pat Bartels of MIT Medical's Pediatrics Service and her colleagues. The poster depicted results of a threeyear study of overweight and obese MIT pediatric patients in which Bartels tracked body mass index and medical history and coached families on ways to change the eating and exercise behavior of overweight children, and then monitored the results over time. At the conclusion of the study, 66 percent of the pediatric patients classified as overweight or obese lowered their BMI.
Shirlee (Barreto) Cicale
I shall be 73 in August. I believe I will work one more year if all goes well. If I were 50 today, I would go for the doctorate; that is a wonderful idea. As it is, I am doing the work I always wanted to do: being a sort of "family" family nurse practitioner. I wondered, when I was 40 and turning my life around to go to the FNP Program, if I would work enough years to use what I planned to learn at UC Davis. I have found the answer to that. I just want to know how I got so old so fast!
Through two children and a move to the North Bay, I finally wound up at the Petaluma Health Center, a full-service family practice, for the last 13 years. The clinic truly represents what I always wanted to do in medicine, seeing underserved along with insured patients, seeing a huge diversity of conditions and types of people and offering many services, with more on the way. We are becoming a model in the community for affordable and comprehensive health care for all. And as a PA, I am given the opportunity of managing my own panel of patients and developing many skills, since specialists are often not available to see our patients. The provider group is wonderful, and we are constantly learning together. I miss my old class colleagues from UC Davis and would love to hear from anyone in the class of 1983-85. How are you all?
Sally Bratton (aka Bohrer)
In 1996, I had the opportunity to start a student health center for Ohlone Community College in Fremont, Calif., collaborating with the local Washington Township Hospital. As the director, I provide primary care services for over 12,000 students, as well as administrative duties. The major focus is on prevention, wellness, sexual health, and empowering students to assume responsibility for their own health care. I was instrumental in Ohlone becoming the first smoke-free community college in Northern California in 2004 and I co-authored an article in the California Journal of Health Promotion on Tobacco Control, "A Case Study at a California Community College," which has served as a model for many other schools to implement a program for smoke-free schools. I also precept NP and PA students from Stanford, UCSF, USF, and San Francisco State as well as the community college RN students. I still have my home in Grass Valley with hopes of retiring there in about five years. I have two amazing grandsons age 2 and 4 who are the light of my life.
Smith completed a one-year postgraduate residency program in pediatrics through Yale University/Norwalk Hospital. She is working as a pediatric hospitalist PA at Norwalk Hospital. She also works at Griffin Hospital, attending high-risk deliveries. She has been doing missionary work in Panama for the past six years where she helps provide medical care to migrant farm workers and school children and their families.
Physician assistant John Graykoski recently participated in a telemedicine consultation on a patient with a collapsed lung. A tube was placed into the chest to remove the air that had caused the lung to collapse by emergency room physicians at Luther Midelfort's Barron branch in Wisconsin with supervision via telemedicine from the main hospital in Eau Claire, Wis. Graykoski says having that extra pair of eyes can make all the difference in a difficult case like this one.
Roberta (Bobbi) Allen
I have been working at Sutter West Family Practice and Occupational Health in Davis since graduation. I started there as an NP, but switched to practicing as a PA several months later because that change better fit the needs of the clinic. I do more family practice than occupational health. We also do cosmetic laser in our clinic, and I do the majority of the laser work. Since I live and work in Davis, I've had the opportunity to keep in touch with several faculty and visit the program office now and then. I have also had several potential students "shadow" me at work to observe real patient/PA interaction. I'm still grateful for how well the UC Davis FNP/PA program prepared me for my current professional role.
After graduating, I jumped right in working in Carson City, Nev., for a general/bariatric surgeon, Dr. Lee Trotter. I worked for a year with Dr. Trotter, who then had to move to Spokane, Wash. I have been in Carson City with a great group of urologists. I have really loved the variety that working as a PA has provided and really feel it is making me better allaround provider. Urology has been a great fit for my family as my wife of eight years and I have five children – four girls, ages 7, 5, 3, and 3 months, and one boy, age 2. I am able to come home and be Dad as my call schedule is quite light and there is not a single emergency surgery that requires a PA in urology.
I run a small clinic inside a 300-bed hospital. I care for employees that get injured on the job, perform physicals on new employees and provide vaccinations to our employees and volunteers. I consult on regional employee health issues for two sister hospitals. Additionally I sit on boards for CHW's Health and Wellness Committee, CHW's Employee Heath Committee, the North State Infection Control Committee, and our local Environment of Care (Safety) Committee. I also serve as medical liaison for the Disaster Committee and I'm a core member of Healthy Shasta, a local group that promotes health, wellness and exercise in Shasta County. I handle all ergonomic-related issue and am testing as a Certified Ergonomic Evaluator Specialist. Currently I serve over 2,200 employees, volunteers and medical staff. I continued to serve as a liaison to the FNP/ PA Program by hosting the north state informational seminars for the school.