FNP/PA CLASS NOTES
Darien Speight Chandler
I was employed by Kaiser Permanente as a student until 1977 and then taught at San Francisco State University Department of Nursing FNP program until 1980. I worked as a staff FNP for Sonoma County from 1975-1991 and have worked in the private sector since then. I am currently a parttime employee of Sutter North Bay Medical Group practicing primary care and also work two days a week for Petaluma City Schools as a school nurse. And, during all this time, my husband and I have raised four sons to adulthood. Boy, have I been a busy person.
I have worked as an FNP for the past 31 years in Carson City, Gardnerville and Reno. I retired October 2008 and moved to the state of Washington. My specialty, though being from a family program, turned out to be women's health, due to demand, and, later on, geriatrics. My training at UC Davis was excellent and I feel that my career was a definite asset to my communities. Again thank you for staying in touch.
I have continued to work as a physician assistant for 23 years in family practice and urgency care, primarily part-time. I have worked in several remote/rural settings in Northern California (Yreka, Doris, Tulle Lake). These included working for rural health projects staying true to the intent and design of the mid-level practitioner! I also worked for several years in Mammoth Lakes doing orthopaedic surgery. I spent a year working with a rheumatologist in Southern California dividing clinical work with drug trials as a co-investigator with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Over an eightyear period I worked in the Bay Area with Planned Parenthood, and I continue to most enjoy working with the teenage population. Currently I work in Salem, Oregon, with Kaiser Permanente and have been with this organization for 11 years. Recently I've become involved with opening a Kaiser affiliated satellite clinic whose mission is to deliver more personalized "neighborhood-style" health care. My husband of 21 years, my 17-year-old son and 4-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever reside in the beautiful Willamette Valley in a college town of 50,000, home to Oregon State University. Go Beavers! We live on two acres of land west of town and spend our time in the garden, hiking, biking, golfing and enjoying the wealth of intellectual and recreational activity this small university town generates. I appreciate this opportunity to share some vital statistics with interested colleagues and look forward to being able to contact those that I've long lost contact with though think of often.
Sally I. Bratton
I work and live in Fremont where I have been director of student health for 13 years. I have been divorced since 1996, and I have two adorable grandsons 8/9/05, 7/13/07. My professional affiliations are: American College Health Association, Pacific Coast College Health Association and Health Service Association for California Community Colleges. I have been a preceptor for UC San Francisco, University of San Francisco and San Francisco State NP programs and Stanford's PA program. I am dreaming about retirement in Grass Valley but plan on working until age 67 (2014) as I only work 38 weeks a year. My hobby is house-boating on Englebright Lake in Smartsville.
Thank you so much for the alumni update letter. I currently work for an orthopaedic surgeon five days a week (Dr. Michael Tivnon ) and also do one or two days per week in the Greater Bakersfield Memorial Hospital ER doing fast track. I really enjoy being a PA\FNP. It is a fulfilling\rewarding career.
Since graduating in 1995 I have remained FNP-board certified. I finished a master's degree at Sacramento State and worked in Family Practice one to two years, ER/Urgent Care for nine years. In 2006, I took a big leap and went to work for California State University Chico, Student Health Services. It is really a nice place to work and a population eager to learn prevention, etc. I work in the acute care clinic with six other NPs, so for the first time I have a lot of colleagues. I will be graduating with a Doctorate of Nurse Practice this May, my dissertation on telemedicine outstanding. I haven't decided yet if I will use the title Dr. It depends on what I am doing. I did this degree mostly online with local clinical, through Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. A lot of what I learned was on vulnerable populations, social justice, political advocacy, capacity building, research, EBP, collaborative models, information technology and leadership. In 2001, I remarried and moved to Chico, which is lovely. I now have a two year old grandson in Sacramento so I get down there when I can. Hope to hear what of my classmates are doing.
Anne Seymour Carlisle
My collaborating physician, Dr. Craig Kraffert, and I opened Humboldt Dermatology in December 2007. Dr. Kraffert works out of the Redding Dermatology office and I work out of the Eureka office. I tried to organize a 10-year reunion in May 2006 but, alas, it was not a great showing. Perhaps our class can do something for the 20-year anniversary in 2016? It would be great to have emails of classmates. I can also be found on Facebook.
I have been working in the field of dermatology for the last 12 years and served on the Dermatology Nurses Association and Dermatology NP Society's Task Force Committee to develop a certification for NPs, which was successfully launched in March 2008, thus my added initials of DCNP (Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner).eer.
I am a FNP/PA-C, and I maintain both licenses. I currently work for Monterey County Health Department, Clinical Services Division, at Marina Clinic in Marina. It is a FQHC that provides safety-net services for Monterey residents. I am glad for the opportunity to be included in the alumni activities.
I now live on the beautiful island of Maui, working fulltime in family practice at Maui Medical Group.
Leanne De Silva
I'm currently living in Sutter and work in Colusa at the Riverside Health Clinic of Colusa, Inc. I remain nationally certified as both FNP and PA. I work by myself in the office Monday through Thursday and then the two physicians I work with (a pediatrician and internist) come up for two hours each on Fridays. I LOVE my job and am so grateful for the wonderful education I received from your program! Since graduating I got married to a pro-baseball player, John De Silva, who has since quit the business of playing and traveling and has taken on the new position of stay-at-home dad! We have two children: Logan, 3, and Sophia, 16 months! This is as good as it gets! I am blessed.
Mary Dodich Snelgrove
After eight years in private practice, I have taken a job at California State University, Chico, Student Health Services, working in the acute care clinic. I love the vitality of the young people we treat. We have the ability to change lives with thorough health education at each visit. It's a great environment. I work with other UC Davis alum, It's great. I also moonlight several weekends in the ER at St. Elizabeth's Community Hospital in Red Bluff. This is a totally different experience from the university setting.
Melissa A. Amaroe
I was at a CME in Thailand May 2008. At one of the evening events (a dinner cruise), I sat next to Lyn Stinnett, who is a UC Davis graduate. Boy, did she have wonderful stories about staff and especially how grateful she was for Shelly Stewart! Then a few months later, I was at a dinner party in South Africa and met Paul McOmber, another graduate. He and his wife have fond memories of all of you!
I am working as a FNP in the Employee Health Department of Mercy Medical Center, Redding. I perform physicals, immunizations and treat employees/volunteers injured on the job. I serve on a safety/ fire committee and on an infection control committee. Family practice residents spend time here learning occupational/workers compensation medicine during their community medicine rotation.
I actually miss going to school. It has been the best experience of my life. I continue to work at Livingston Medical Group where I worked before as a medical assistant for over 12 years. It is a great rewarding experience. I always think of Dorothy and Shelly as they said in class "we have to treat our patients as if they would be our family members." I am doing family medicine. I am seeing OB patients to whom I gave immunizations prior to kindergarten entry when I was a medical assistant. I am their entire family care provider. It is neat to be part of these families. I am also proud to say that my diabetic patients are well controlled; I am tough with these patients as my goal is to keep them healthy and out of the hospital. I also wanted to add that I feel blessed that I was part of my class and that I had great instructors to whom I owe lots to in my current career.
I am currently living in Spokane, working for Rockwood Clinic in Urgent Care. Rockwood is a 200+ physician-owned group. We have three urgent care clinics. We see 100 to 120 patients a day between a physician and a PA, so it is extremely busy. It is very fun and challenging work. I am constantly learning and experiencing new things so it keeps me on my toes.