Family Nurse Practitioner, Holistic Medical Care, Integrative Medicine, Acute and Chronic Illness, Health and Prevention Counseling, Lyme Disease, Medical Marijuana
When I was 10 years old, I was bullied at a bus stop. As a result, my Mom took me to a traditional karate organization. Her main goal was to make sure I could protect myself. Needless to say, at 10 years old I was not particularly happy with this new endeavor but as I look back, the training I received introduced me to a diverse group of people, taught me how to treat others through a “Words” program (Words hurt, Words heal), built my confidence and taught me the concept of mind, body and spirit. Everything is interconnected: mind, body and spirit are relative to all facets of life and healing.
Family has always been the forefront in my life. Growing up my grandparents were a very important part of my life. They traveled all over the nation with me to karate tournaments. I spent summer vacations at their camp and would love to visit them in Florida during winter breaks from school. I would sit and listen to their endless stories of how life was for them – “when we were your age”… We were very close. I suppose you could refer to me as "an old soul" for this reason.It was during my high school years that my grandfather developed heart problems. During my senior year of high school, I was selected to participate in the New Visions program which would allow me to choose a field of interest and complete my senior year there. I applied and was excited to learn that I was accepted into a Top 100 Cardiac Hospital. I could learn from the best and understand what was going on with my grandfather and maybe be able to help him and my grandmother. He would share his lab work and EKG’s with me and quiz me on my cardiac knowledge. I was only 17. He was so proud of me and couldn’t wait to call me with his results. It was a special connection that we developed during my training and I use the memory of that bond while caring for patients now.
I continued my education receiving my RN and bachelor's degree in nursing.I chose to work at a large teaching hospital specializing in cardiac critical care. The knowledge I received while working in this specialty unit helped my family cope with my grandfather’s condition. It also helped me to realize how important basic communication is. Terminology that is used every day at the hospital is foreign to most family members. Being able to help them understand what was happening to my grandfather in terms they could understand was very satisfying for me. The advantage of the nursing profession is the flexibility and opportunities it presents. I was able to expand the scope of my expertise to include bedside medical/surgical floor nursing, nursing home and rehabilitation, nursing administration and nursing education.
Realizing my potential to grow, and treat many more patients, I decided to further my education as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have a passion to heal families as a whole and not be limited by a timed patient load. Being dictated by the clock meant, ten minutes to discuss, assess, and formulate a treatment plan hoping within that time I was able to gather accurate information: not my idea of comprehensive, integrative healthcare! Comprehensive, integrative, high quality healthcare should be distinguished by the provider, medical team and patient's ability to spend valuable time together (not restricted to a mere 10 minutes), genuinely getting to know one another through discussion and assessment, and formulating a medical treatment plan that will aid in restoring the patient's health and well being. I commend patients that are proponents for themselves and their families, and thoroughly enjoy working with those that advocate to help themselves as much as I am willing to support them.
For this reason, I feel fortunate to be part of the team at Stram Center. I am able to return to the concept I learned at a very young age. I am excited to meet new patients, get to know them, communicate with them and work to heal them in a comprehensive manner, through mind, body and spirit. I hope to give my patient's the ability to reach their greatest health potential, whatever that may be. Whether you are suffering from an acute illness, chronic disease process, or just hoping to stay healthy; I believe it is important to always strive for excellence and incorporate genuine, high quality medical care to achieve the greatest health results. My goal is to help my patient's achieve their health goals so they may live on to help their families do the same!Experience:
A.A.S. in Nursing, Registered Nurse, Hudson Valley Community College
Bachelors of Science in Nursing - SUNY Institute of Technology
Masters of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner- SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner- ANCC
Medical Marijuana Certified
IV therapy Certified
NIH Stroke Scale Certified
Cultural Competency Certified
Smiles for Life Certified
- Integrative Medicine consultations
- Treating: autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalance, and chronic disorders.
- Clinical nutrition and supplement counseling
- IV Therapy
- Comprehensive physical exams
- Optimal health and prevention counseling
- Lyme Disease and Tick Borne Illnesses
- Medical Marijuana
I believe it is important to always strive for excellence and incorporate genuine, high quality medical care to achieve the greatest health results. My goal is to help my patient's achieve their health goals so they may live on to help their families do the same!
- Meaghan Sanderson, FNP-BC