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New Family Nurse Practitioner to Join The Lakes’ Iron River

April 3, 2012

The Lakes Community Health Center (The Lakes) has recently hired Heidi Dumas, FNP, as their newest family nurse practitioner to work primarily out of their clinic in Iron River.

“Taking this step to expand medical services to the Iron River community and surrounding area by adding Heidi to our provider team is really exciting,” said Jason Akl, chief operating officer at The Lakes. “Especially given Heidi’s long career in the nursing field prior to becoming a family nurse practitioner, she’s already a huge asset to our clinic.”

Dumas has made medicine her life-long career, completing her most-recent training as a nurse practitioner at University of Boston in 2010.

She started out as a nurse’s aid right out of high school and quickly realized she had a passion for the field. In 1991, she became a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and immediately proceeded to further her nursing career, graduating as a registered nurse in 1993. Dumas has experience working in nursing homes, labor and delivery units, family practice clinic, pediatrics and internal medicine. But after 19 years as a registered nurse, she decided it was time to become a nurse practitioner.

“I love the variety of being a nurse practitioner,” said Dumas. “I really love to learning about different medical procedures, findings and research. Plus, as corny as it sounds, I just really love working directly with my patients.”

This is Dumas’ first experience working for a community health center and it’s a big reason why she applied for the position.
“I had worked in other facilities where they didn’t have additional support services available or even offered, so I was really excited to be part of a clinic setting where dentists and therapists are available, sometimes even on the same day, to address the needs of patients,” said Dumas.

Dumas and her husband, Mark, honeymooned on the north shore of Lake Superior and have been long since drawn to the idea of moving to the area.

“We love the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, you name it; we love the beauty of the changing seasons,” Dumas said.
Dumas is no stranger to juggling schedules and chaotic moments while still keeping a smile on her face. She and her husband have four children, 3 sons and 1 daughter, whose ages range from 10-16 years old. In fact, when she went back to school with the plan to complete her nurse practitioner degree, her youngest was just 6 months old.

“It was hard, but because I wanted to become a nurse practitioner for so long, I didn’t want to wait anymore,” said Dumas. “My husband is a huge asset because he’s a stay-at-home dad. We work together as a team really well, otherwise I never could have done it!”

Right now, Dumas is seeing patients Monday through Thursdays in at the clinic in Iron River, covering new extended hours on Mondays and Wednesdays (8am to 6pm). She is currently taking new patients of any age with any concern, infants to the elderly with your routine cough to chronic conditions. Her family still lives in Grantsburg but plans to move to the area at the end of the school year.

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