Family Nurse Practitioner Laura Keller recently joined the staff at Mark Twain Family Medical Center in Valley Springs.

Keller received her RN degree from College of the Redwoods and her FNP certificate from the University of California, Davis.

Keller moved to Calaveras County from Trinity County, where her career was dedicated to family medical practice, including positions at Hayfork Health Center, Trinity Hospital and Mountain Community Clinic in Weaverville and Mercy Medical Center in Redding. She also worked with a local physician in his family medical practice for about 20 years.

“We took care of the town,” she said. “I knew everyone, and I’m hoping to establish those kinds of relationships here.”

“Nurse Practitioners play a key role in rural clinics, like in any family medical practice,” Keller said in a press release. “I guess the biggest thing is that I really like to take the time to listen to patients. I take their concerns seriously and enjoy working with them to help solve their health issues. What I care about the most in the practice of medicine is to maintain an attitude of respect and compassion and integrity for patients of all ages.” She continues, “I believe in the body/mind connection. Helping people help themselves is crucial to good health and well-being.”

Having helped patients in multiple settings – including emergency rooms, corrections, private practice and even her own business – Keller said she thought she had truly found her calling when she first began working in Calaveras County serving the Native American population.

Keller and her husband, Jack, have a grown daughter, Lauren, who lives in Oklahoma. Throughout her nursing career, Keller has always been an avid gardener. Moving to Calaveras County included special handling for many of her favorite plants, she said, which the couple dug up and transported to their new home. “These are lifelong friends,” she said. “I’ve nurtured them for decades.”

For more information on the Valley Springs Family Medical Center or to make an appointment, call (209) 754-2963.