From the Moun­tains of Utah to the Fam­ily Prac­tice of New­port

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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.)

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Ni­cole En­gler, Fam­ily Nurse Prac­ti­tioner, joins Fam­ily Prac­tice of New­port.

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