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Even as a young child, Pa-Nhia Yang somehow seemed to know that she would be destined for a career in the healing arts.
“It was my academic inclination,” the Lansing native said. “From the age of 5 on, I always knew.”
Her instincts proved to be correct, for she is now a family nurse practitioner – and the latest addition to the staff at Oaklawn Primary Care – Coldwater, situated at 375 N. Willowbrook Road, Coldwater.
There, she will work alongside Jackalyn M. Govier, D.O., and Mindy White, FNP-BC. Appointments at the office may be made by calling (517) 924-1605.
When she was young and attending Lansing schools, Pa-Nhia – which is pronounced “Pa-nee-ah” – was “science minded.” She also was blessed with the additional influence of several aunts and uncles whose work was in the medical field.
By the time she was attending classes at J.W. Sexton High School, her focus had turned to developing a career health care, a goal she advanced by enrolling in such science-based courses as biology, chemistry and physics, as well as pre-nursing courses for high-school students through Michigan State University.
“I realized that nursing is a culmination of many sciences and many principles of study that bring everything together,” she said, adding that she finds that synergistic combination fascinating.
“My family also let me know that this would be very fulfilling work because it would mean I was helping people,” she said.
Yang-Murray continued her studies at Michigan State University, earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 2008. For several years after graduation, she worked as a registered nurse in the Lansing area, then went on to obtain a master of science degree in nursing in 2019 through the university’s family nurse practitioner program.
Today, Yang-Murray is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners and the Michigan Association of Nurses. She is certified to perform basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric life support.
Yang-Murray comes to Oaklawn’s Coldwater location from recent work as a family nurse practitioner in the Lansing area, where she and her husband continue to reside. Yang-Murray’s husband of five years, Nic Murray, works as a supply-chain specialist in the paint industry.
The couple enjoy floral gardening, cultivating their vegetable garden as a primary food source and playing with their pet chihuahua, Isadora.
Yang-Murray said she was pleased to find that Oaklawn’s medical approach provides “greater communication and personalized care,” because such qualities themselves can promote healing.
“I’ve found that basic care is much improved in an environment where your place of employment really supports you,” Yang-Murray said.
“Oaklawn has the reputation of giving its providers what they need to give their patients excellent quality care,” she said. “It has a more community-based feel, and the environment is more conducive to providing that kind of care. I’m looking forward to being part of that in Coldwater.”