From the Mountains of Utah to the Family Practice of Newport
When people move to the Northeast Kingdom from other states they are good-naturedly called flatlanders, as Vermont does have its share of mountains. North Country Hospital’s newest healthcare provider certainly is no flatlander, and no stranger to mountains far taller than the Vermont Green Mountains.
Nicole Engler, FNP, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, an extremely mountainous state, recently joined Family Practice of Newport. She joins Drs. Rachel DiSanto, James Holcomb, John Lippmann, and nurse practitioner, Linda Chasse. Nicole specializes in general reproductive health, pediatrics, mental health, and family medicine. She chose to go into nursing after working as a CNA in a nursing home in college. “I loved doing the bedside care. There is such a vulnerability to people when they are ill that nurses get to experience. I have people constantly ask me why I didn’t become a doctor. I would not have given up the years I spent as a nurse, especially a pediatric nurse, for anything. You really bond with your patients when you get to spend 12 hours caring for every aspect of their health, and you get to see firsthand how amazing the human spirit is.”
When asked how she is settling into the Northeast Kingdom, Nicole states “I love Vermont. There is nice fresh air instead of the smog and noise of Salt Lake. My parents visited and they thought it was beautiful and quiet.”
The tallest mountain in Utah, “Kings Peak,” stands at an elevation of 13,500 feet (compared to Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield, at about 4,395 feet), and there are over eight ski resorts with a variety of lifts and runs to choose from. Utah is also home to a number of natural parks, including Bryce Canyon, Zions National Park and Arches National Park in Moab.
She said she has been welcomed to the practice, North Country Hospital, and by her patients with kindness and open arms.
Pam Jefferson, the practice manager, has kind words for Nicole.
“We are so excited about having Nicole join our practice. She is very pleasant and is jumping right into seeing our acute patients. Nicole loves Vermont with the season changes. Being from Utah, winters here in Vermont won’t come as a shock to her. She is fitting right into our ‘family’ here at Family Practice.”
Nicole brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Westminster College in Salt Lake City she worked eight years as a Registered Nurse at Primary Children’s Medical Center, a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma and Medical facility in Salt Lake City. She then returned
to Westminster College and earned a Master’s in Nursing with a focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Upon graduation, she worked at Planned Parenthoods all over the valley before settling into a busy family practice in Bountiful, a suburb outside of Salt Lake where she spent the next three years prior to coming to Vermont.
After several years as a nurse practitioner in Utah, she and her husband, Peter, decided it was time to pull up their roots and settle in rural Vermont. They learned about North Country through a recruiter. When they visited the region she was impressed by the practice and the hospital, and they were both impressed by the entire region. Things seemed to oddly keep falling into place and signs pointed out that the Northeast Kingdom was where they should head.
In her life outside the medical world, she and her husband, Peter enjoy the outdoors, especially fishing, camping, snowshoeing and wakeboarding. Both are interested to see how Jay Peak compares to the infamous ski mountains of Utah.
Although the couple does not have any two-legged children, they have far from an empty home. Their family includes three huskies, seven cats, nine different types of snakes, countless Geckos, parrots, a hedgehog, rabbits and a large tortoise. Many of these animals were rescued. Nicole is anxiously waiting for her husband to settle in the area with their menagerie of animals as soon as their home in Salt Lake City sells and they can decide where to set down their circus.
As for now, she is exploring the community and getting to know the people of the area. “I learned Spanish so I could communicate with the patients in Salt Lake City, which has a large population of Latino immigrants. French really is like Greek to me…especially the “Quebecois” dialect spoken around here. We are excited to learn the culture of Vermonters and Canadians, especially visiting Montreal and Quebec. Hopefully the people of the NEK will give us laid-back Westerners a warm welcome and put up with our outthere sense of humor.”
– In loving memory of my dear husband Roger who passed away 3 years ago, February 27th, 2010.
Sadly missed, The Helping Circle of Stanstead South United Church thanks all who participated in SHROVE TUESDAY Pancake Supper February 12th. Many thanks to all who worked and cooked for the event. We also thank all guests who attended to enjoy the supper. The Stanstead Entertainment Center would like to acknowledge the record amount of companies who participated in the “Friendly Company Bowling Tournament”. A big thank-you goes to Ogden Granite, Rock of Ages, Hat Trick Hockey Pro Shop, ABCO’s three teams, GranQuartz’s two teams, Cloture Rustique Henri Roy, Garage Garand, Derusha supply, Stanstead Entertainment Center, Ogden machine, Rona, Jomac Canada, Dufferin Heights, Ogden Tools, IGA, Papa’s Restaurant, C.A.B., À la Claire Fontaine and Granite Center. This past weekend we were able to raise $1125. for Sunnyside Elementary school, École Jardin des Frontières, Raymond Parent’s softball league, the soccer club and C.A.B. Rediker. For the third year in a row, Ogden Granite walked away with the trophy. The Bronson boys are definitely the team to beat next year! Also Thank you to the Stanstead Journal for your generosity and help with publicity. In loving memory of
who passed away at the CSSS Memphremagog on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. Dear father of Christian (Gabrielle) and Peter. Loving grandfather of Francis and Annik. John will also be sadly missed by his brothers Gerald, Alec, Alfie (Eileen) and Louis (Marcella). A private service will be held for the family at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at the
Cass Funeral Home 545 Dufferin, Stanstead. Saint-Esprit, Toi qui résous tous les problèmes, Toi qui éclaires tous les chemins pour m’aider à atteindre mon but, Toi qui me donnes le don divin de pardonner et d’oublier le mal que l’on m’a fait,Toi qui te trouves à mes côtés dans toutes les circonstances de la vie, je veux, par cette courte prière, te remercier pour tout et te confirmer, une fois de plus, que je ne voudrais jamais être séparé de toi,même et en dépit de toute tentation matérielle illusoire. Je veux être avec toi dans la Gloire éternelle. Merci pour Ta miséricorde envers moi et les miens. (Vous devez récitez cette prière pendant trois jours consécutifs. Ensuite, la faveur demandée vous sera accordée, même si elle vous paraît difficile à obtenir. Vous devrez alors publier cette prière, y compris ces instructions, immédiatement après que votre souhait a été exaucé, mais sans mentionner la nature de votre voeu; seules vos initales devront apparaître à la fin de cette annonce.)
Nicole Engler, Family Nurse Practitioner, joins Family Practice of Newport.