Jody Joseph, FNP-BC, joins OurHealth as a family nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. Joseph earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue University and is passionate about taking a personalized approach to nursing. She will split her time between OurHealth’s clinics at BraunAbility and Culver Academy.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Knox, Indiana. I currently live in the rural area of Culver on a small farm of 13 acres, including my 12 chickens and two ducks.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband’s name is Jake and we have four children, three of which are currently in college. Their ages range from 15-21!
What do you like to do in your free time?
You could consider me a country girl. My time is spent in my garden, canning vegetables/pickles and creating jams and jellies. Every fall I harvest a deer and enjoy fishing. Cooking is one of my passions and I often speak like Julia Child whilst wielding my culinary skills in the kitchen. I am also a diehard fan of the Zac Brown Band and attend several concerts/fan club events every year. You will also find me cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Cubs and Kevin Harvick of NASCAR.
What made you decide to pursue a career in nursing?
The decision to become a nurse practitioner was a goal I have had from the beginning. Growing up, my father was an EMT in our small rural town back when it was a volunteer service. I was fascinated with his stories and looking at his medical books. During my high school years, I became a nursing assistant in our local emergency room and became hooked.
What areas of health and/or wellness are you most passionate about?
Health and wellness are the foundation of a long life. I am passionate about reaching people on a personal level and helping them be a better, healthier person. I think it is important that we each acknowledge our own weaknesses. Everyone has the potential for being better. Managing chronic disease fits into that.