Gretchen joins OurHealth as a family nurse practitioner with more than 17 years of experience and an eclectic medical background. She has worked as a neuroscience researcher for the National Institutes of Health, a paramedic, an ER nurse and has served patients in occupational health and urgent care settings. Gretchen will split her time between OurHealth’s onsite clinics at Anthem and KYB.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine?
As a child, I was frequently sick and spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals. They took very good care of me, so all I’ve ever wanted to do is take care of other people. I absolutely love it. It’s the perfect job for me.
With your extensive background, what brought you to OurHealth?
I like how the OurHealth model allows for more time with patients. Patients will tell you what’s wrong with them, but you have to give them enough time to share. If you’re only allowed 10 minutes to see a patient, you’re going to miss some very important information. That information could be the key to helping the patient achieve optimal health.
Which areas of medicine are you most passionate about?
Prevention! I’d rather prevent disease than wait until someone gets really sick before doing something about it. I prefer to take a more holistic approach to medicine. I do this by addressing boundaries and help the patient formulate an action plan that works for them. It is important to empower patients with the right information, which will help them make better decisions.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love running and working out. I have the privilege to run a free clinic at Wheeler Mission Homeless Shelter in Indianapolis. I also volunteer for a dog rescue, which explains why I have a house full of dogs. But we can all fit on the couch together!
What would you like to say to your new patients?
My biggest wish is I hope to meet them where they are, so we can go on their health journey together.