Lola joined Spectrum Health Care in 2017 as Nurse Practitioner for the Spectrum Health Care Primary Care Clinic. She is one of two nurse practitioners working for Spectrum Health Care who are responsible for primary care of patients. Lola also completed extensive training in infectious disease for treating HIV patients. She implemented a PrEP program at SHC to help prevent transmission of HIV to those at high-risk for contracting HIV. She participates in continuing education to maintain her certification on a routine basis, in a variety of primary care areas.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Truman State University in 1992, then she then went on to graduate from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center where she completed the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program and received certification in May 1995. While her certification is in women’s health, she has provided care in a family practice setting for 15 years. Lola has worked as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner since 1995 and has been in family practice for more than 25 years.
Lola treats her patients like she would like to be treated, with respect and dignity. She says, “If you listen to your patients, you gain knowledge of their situation and are better able to understand where the patient is coming from, and direction they would like to be headed in.”
Lola also finds pleasure in teaching and taught Maternal Child Nursing at MACC in Moberly, MO for three and one-half years. She enjoys passing her knowledge on to others by helping new PA and NP students learn in the role of preceptor which she has done over the past 10 years.
In her free time, she enjoys playing with her grandchildren, visiting with friends and family, traveling, gardening, plants, crafts, woodworking, and quilting. She enjoys decorating for all the holidays. Lola has taken a vast array of photos over the years. She also enjoys cooking. As a lifetime member of V.F.W. Auxiliary, Lola finds inspiration in helping others, as through helping people through life’s twists and turns, helps to keep her grounded.