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Nurse practitioner opens clinic

Family Nurse Practitioner Shanna Peterson has opened the doors to her new clinic, Peterson Family Healthcare, LLC, and is looking forward to serving patients in Unicoi County.
Peterson, who opened the clinic on Dec. 13, will provide patients with primary-care healthcare, including the management of chronic conditions, women’s health management, preventative exams, sports physicals, DOT physicals, vaccinations, joint injections and minor skin procedures. The clinic is accepting new patients, 2 years old and up, and will accept Medicare, TennCare and most commercial or private insurances.
Peterson holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing, both from East Tennessee State University. Following her undergraduate degree, she worked as a registered nurse for five years in the intensive care unit at Johnson City Medical Center. Following her experience as a RN, Peterson decided she wanted to become a nurse practitioner.
“I went into nursing because I wanted to have the ability to help others,” she said, “but I wanted to become a nurse practitioner so that I could be in an office environment, rather than just by a bedside, and provide primary care. I also wanted to further my education.”
After earning her master’s degree in 2005, Peterson worked as a NP at Dry Creek Medical Clinic for around five years. However, after staying home with her children for a brief period, Peterson decided to open up her own clinic, which can be attributed to the outpouring of support from many friends, family and patients.
“I decided to stay at home with my kids for a while,” she explained, “but the patient support was the biggest reason I decided to open a clinic.”
As a nurse practitioner, Peterson provides the same level of care as a Primary Care physician, the main difference being that doctors can perform surgeries and typically have a specialization.
“In primary care, there’s not a whole lot of difference (between a NP and a MD),” Peterson explained. “I can treat both acute and chronic medical conditions, prescribe medication, order tests, and perform simple office procedures.”
Joining Peterson is her team of experienced healthcare specialists, including Janie Bailey, LPN, and Lisa Cradic, CNA. Both Peterson and Bailey each come to the clinic with 20 years of healthcare experience.
After serving the community for the last five years, Peterson said she is glad to be helping patients once again, this time in her own clinic.
“I definitely consider it a blessing to have this opportunity to provide for my patients and my family,” she said.
Peterson Family Healthcare will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 8 a.m. until noon on Fridays.
For more information, call the office at 743-3440 or visit