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November 15, 2013

Center for Healthy Living profile: Teri Gee

Teri Gee

Teri Gee, nurse practitioner at the Center for Healthy Living. (Rodney McPhail/HR Communications)
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Nurse practitioner Teri Gee has joined the Center for Healthy Living as the fourth primary care provider on staff.

Why did you choose a career as a nurse practitioner?

After working as a nurse for 14 years, I decided I wanted to increase my scope of practice by getting my master's degree and family nurse practitioner certification. I was in the first graduating class at Purdue. Go, Boilers! It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What attracted you to the Center for Healthy Living?

After learning that the Center for Healthy Living is dedicated to providing holistic care, promoting wellness, and treating disease, I felt it was a perfect fit for me. 

The center takes a holistic approach to health care. What does that mean? 

The holistic approach to medicine involves the art and science of treating the patient as a whole. We focus on promoting wellness of the mind, body and spirit. 

Preventive care is an area of focus at the center. Why is preventive care so important?

Preventive care includes improving and maintaining health, while covering disease prevention and health risk reduction. This approach can help all ages enjoy a better quality of life. We help people live longer and healthier.

What do you enjoy in your time away from the job?

When I am away from work, I spend most of my time with Thad, Stephanie, Morgan and Ryan (my family). Since I have recently become an "empty nester," I have to travel a little further to spend time with my daughters, but it is well worth it. The three of us can usually find a mall no matter where we are! Ryan still makes time to go to summer concerts with us. Thad and I enjoy spending our time together with outdoor activities, home improvements, gardening, dancing and traveling.