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Family nurse practitioner Tamora VanWasshnova joins Oaklawn’s Wound Care Center

MARSHALL – When Tamora “Tami” VanWasshnova was growing up in the Flint area, she found herself virtually surrounded by health-care providers in her family.

Her mother, grandmother and an aunt were all nurses, and other aunts were involved in the fields of occupational therapy and respiratory therapy.

“You didn’t want to be invited to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner if you were faint of stomach because of the conversations,” she said. “I heard a lot of stories about health care — why to do something, what not to do and so on.”

VanWasshnova herself has been a nurse for nearly three decades, and now is joining Oaklawn’s Wound Care Center as a family nurse practitioner.

The wound center is situated at 13697 15-Mile Road in Marshall. There, VanWasshnova will work alongside James Gray, D.P.M. Appointments may be made by calling (269) 789-4905.

VanWasshnova was born in Coldwater and moved with her family to the Flint area when she was a young child. By the time of her graduation from Grand Blanc High School, it seemed a foregone conclusion that she — like so many others in her family — would continue the tradition of a health-care career.

“It kind of happened organically,” she said. “I started out majoring in physical therapy and changed my major to nursing, taking classes in psychology and sociology — gaining knowledge that helps in working with patients.”

VanWasshnova earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1993 from Oakland University, after which she worked as a registered nurse for various Michigan health-care organizations, gaining experience in pediatrics, surgery, oncology and critical care. She also served as a perioperative nurse in the Jackson area.

VanWasshnova also served as a clinical instructor in nursing for such educational organizations as Lansing Community College and the University of Michigan.

In 2017, VanWasshnova enrolled in Chamberlain University’s nursing program in Illinois, graduating in 2019 with a master of science degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner, receiving the university’s highest honors.

Since then, she has worked as a nurse practitioner in the Michigan communities of Albion and Brooklyn.

VanWasshnova is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is licensed in Michigan as a nurse practitioner.

She and her husband, Shane VanWasshnova, have been married for three years and reside in the Jackson area. The couple have a blended family that includes four adult children and a 5-year-old granddaughter.

When she’s not at work, VanWasshnova enjoys baking, entertaining and outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. She also enjoys traveling — “typically somewhere warm” — throughout the United States as well as such locations as the Dominican Republic and Cozumel.

“We have many good places on the bucket list,” she said.

VanWasshnova said she has come to Oaklawn because she appreciates the work-life balance offered by the health-care organization while still providing excellent care for patients.

“There’s a sense of family here, and I was drawn to wound care because the practice provides the time that’s necessary to focus on specifics,” she said.

“I’m working with a great team and I couldn’t do it without that team,” she said. “I believe our patients will be pleasantly surprised by the level of compassion they experience while knowing that they are safe and that we are following current practice guidelines.”

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