BSN – Arkansas Tech University
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner – St Louis University
License & certification:
Family Nurse Practitioner – State of Alaska
Nursing RN License – State of Alaska
Basic Life Support – American Heart Association
Advanced Cardiac Life Support – American Heart Association
Tracy has had a broad range of experiences as a family medicine provider, including rural medicine, and as a military contractor but she has a passion for diabetes care of both Type I and Type II diabetics.
I was born and raised on a farm in Southern Illinois about 30 miles west of St Louis, Mo. (Yes, I am St Louis Cardinal's fan!). I met and married my husband Terry in St. Louis. He is a retired US Coast Guard officer, having served our country for 25 years. We moved to Kodiak, AK when my husband was deployed there.
Upon arriving in Alaska, I worked as a Locum Tenens for the first few years - Sand Point, AK, then in Yakutat, AK and for Kodiak Area Native Association in Old Harbor, AK. It was through working with Dr. John Koller and the Community Health Center, both in Kodiak, AK where my interest in diabetes really took off. I was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus during this time. Through a collaboration with Dr. J Ross Tanner in Anchorage, I opened the Diabetes and Lipid Clinic of Alaska in Kodiak.
We then moved to Anchorage, Alaska where I worked for Dr Tanner for approximately 3 years and had a great learning experience. This really solidified my desire to work and help patients in a diabetes setting. I spent further time working with children with type 1 diabetes mellitus and learned quite a bit about the challenges of the patients and their families. After several years working as a contractor for the 673rd medical group on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, I’m excited to return to diabetes care at the Diabetes Care Center at Medical Park Family Care.
My family and I have lived, worked, and played in Alaska for the past 20 years. I am often asked why do you live in Alaska? I love this "come as you are", state and its people are some of the best I have ever met!