by Mickey Smith
There’s a new nurse practitioner in the office of Johnson-based Doctor Paul Rogers. Christina Tourangeau has joined the team offering her skills to those looking for health care.
For Tourangeau, who graduated from UVM last December with a Masters Degree in Family Nurse Practitioning, this is her first time hanging a shingle on a practice and working as a nurse practitioner. She comes to it with a lot of health care experience, having spent the last 10 years as an ER nurse and a school nurse. Her 300 plus hours of clinical practice were conducted in Franklin County, and she noted she has worked with physicians and pediatricians who still made house calls.
Tourangeau said when looking for an office in which she could practice medicine, she was excited to find Dr. Rogers and feels his office will be a good fit.
“I was looking for someone who practiced the way I wanted to practice, said Tourangeau, explaining the patient-centered approach.
She said it is important to her to get to know the whole family, because all of that information – the good and the bad – is needed to help the patient be their healthiest.
She said the old saying about a community raising a family is important to her, and she feels society needs to return to this approach. From all she has seen and heard, she said, Johnson appears to have that small town kind of feel that leads to the community/family involvement.
In the beginning, Tourangeau will be having office hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9-5. She said there is room for expansion of those hours over time. Tourangeau still works per diem in the ER, and said she probably always will because this allows her to complete her original goal dating back to when she started college for pre-med. That career took a pause as she raised a family and with her oldest attending college and her youngest starting school she felt it was a good time to create her own office hours.
For more information, call Dr. Rogers’ office at 635-7325.
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