Aug. 10, 2016
Kayleigh Schwartz joins Oaklawn staff as new pediatric nurse practitioner
MARSHALL – There’s a chance you may see Kayleigh Schwartz on one of her daily runs around town. Such healthy exercise is part of her regular routine to maintain her health.
Schwartz, who has joined the Oaklawn Medical Group as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, knows such a healthy routine helps to set a good example for her patients, family and friends – especially other young women.
“I think being active is important,” she said.
She also knew from an early age that she enjoyed learning about science.
“I loved all the new discoveries, the new research and the fact that – even though so many things were changing – subjects such as anatomy would always be the same,” she said. “For me, nursing just seemed a really great fit, because I like working with people and families.”
In her new job, Schwartz will work with George Seifert, M.D., in the medical group’s new Primary Care Office in Suite 1E of the Wright Medical Building at 215 E. Mansion St.
“Kayleigh is a really great talent and something of a superstar academically,” said Mark Montross, Executive Director of the Oaklawn Medical Group. “We’re extremely excited that she and her husband wanted to stay in Marshall, because they’re helping to set an important example for other young professionals in this area.”
The former Kayleigh Hendricks met her husband, Matt Schwartz, when they were still in high school, and married three years ago. The couple have a 6-month-old son, Finn.
Matt Schwartz, who recently joined Hemmingsen Drug Store in Marshall as a pharmacist, is the son of Marshall’s director of public safety, James Schwartz.
In addition to such a strong family tie to the community, Kayleigh Schwartz said the charm of Marshall was a prominent factor in the couple’s decision to continue living and working in the town.
“We love the involvement of the community,” said Kayleigh, who grew up in Adrian. “Everybody here has such great pride in the town. It’s a very family-friendly place. There’s always something going on, something to do.”
In addition to spending time with her family, Schwartz’s off-hours are spent keeping up with her own fitness regimen.
“I’m a big runner, and I always do the Oaklawn Hospitality Classic every year,” she said. “I don’t run quite so much since my pregnancy, so mostly it’s just for fun. But I’ve done a couple of marathons.”
Schwartz graduated magna cum laude in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Michigan, and received her Master’s Degree in Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in May of this year.
From 2013 to early 2015, Schwartz worked as a registered nurse in the University of Michigan Health System’s cardiothoracic unit in Ann Arbor. Most recently, Schwartz worked as a registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, also in Ann Arbor.
Schwartz is certified in pediatric advanced life support as well as basic life support for the healthcare provider by the American Heart Association.
Schwartz is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the University of Michigan Nurses Union, the American Nurses Association and the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.