For certified nurse practitioner Deb Mike, life has been a series of journeys.
The first step in her journey to a healthcare career was as a “candy striper” while she was attending Lincoln Senior High in Thief River Falls, MN. Intent on pursuing a career in nursing, she then joined the U.S. Army, where she trained as a licensed vocational nurse. Upon discharge from the military, she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bemidji State University and later earned her certification as a nurse practitioner from the College of St. Catherine and a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Consultative Health and Medicine, she worked for more than 20 years as a geriatric nurse practitioner. Deb is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association and the American Health Information Management Association.
“Many of our patients experience multiple or chronic illnesses that can be very challenging to treat in a more traditional health care environment. Bringing healthcare services to the assisted living environment is very rewarding because it provides the opportunity to care for the whole person and to interact with both the patient and the family throughout their entire journey. I think that’s why over the years hospice and palliative care have become a passion of mine. Families find great comfort in having their nurse practitioner and physician very involved at end of life. Helping them to understand the process and what to expect along that final journey is extremely rewarding.”
A resident of Inver Grove Heights, Deb and her husband have two adult children and enjoys spending time with their two grandchildren and three dogs. She also volunteers at St. Patrick’s Church and enjoys travel and gardening.