Health Care a Passion for New Nurse Practitioner

She was born in Germany to Russian and Uzbek parents and speaks four languages, but for Nargiza (Nora) Aliev, “this area feels like home.” Nora is Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic’s newest Family Nurse Practitioner. She’s excited about the Clinic and her work here. “I’m very passionate about health care,” she said. She was born in Germany into a military family and moved a lot during her childhood. Her mother was Russian and her father was from Uzbekistan, once a Soviet republic and now ...
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Former Student Joins Clinic Staff

It was a seamless transition for Suleira Rodriguez. Earlier this month, she completed her medical assistant studies at Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The very next day, she was at work at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. Suleira, who is called "Sue" most of the time, was already familiar with the Clinic. It’s where she had done the clinical hours necessary to become a Registered Medical Assistant. Toward the end of her training, her instructor told her about two job opening...
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Working at Clinic Gives New View of Community

Karen Santiago has lived in Sevier County most of her life, but working at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is giving her a closer look at her home town. "You get to know the community a lot," she says. Karen first came to the Clinic a few months ago, taking on a part-time position while one of the receptionists was on maternity leave. When a full-time receptionist's position opened up recently, she took it on -- she'd had on-the-job training in the part-time position. She's bilingual...
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Physician’s Assistant Joins Clinic Staff

Mountain Hope's new physician's assistant got his training in an unexpected place -- the U.S. Coast Guard. Jason Brackins, PA-C (the C stands for Certified) grew up in Gatlinburg. He loved the water and fishing, so after school he joined the Coast Guard. He trained as a nurse in 1998. The Coast Guard sent him to Physician's Assistant school at Fort Sam Houston, TX from 2001 to 2003, and he's worked as a PA since then. Recently he retired from the Coast Guard after 24 years' service. He and...
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From Stay-at-home Mom to Medical Assistant

Just 30 more times drawing blood, and Reagan Wilder will qualify as a certified medical assistant. Reagan, a new medical assistant at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, began her quest to become certified in 2008. Before that, she was a stay-at-home mom. She is really close to her certification  -- just 30 needle-sticks shy -- and expects to complete it during the upcoming health fair at the Clinic. As a part-time medical assistant, she takes patients' vital signs, performs in-office lab ...
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Clinic’s Medical Director Loves Meeting Patients

Since 2003, Dr. Richard Dew has volunteered his medical skills to the patients of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. "I still look forward to coming here every week," he says. "I just love medicine," says the longtime physician. "I look on it as a calling rather than a job." Working at the Clinic is a ministry for him. "Here I feel like you're helping folks who really need help and can't get it anywhere else." As the Clinic's medical director, he sees a full patient load one day a week an...
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