Natoya believes deeply in providing competent, compassionate, optimal healthcare. She provides the type of care that she would like to receive and feels gratified and uniquely rewarded when she knows she has helped someone. Natoya has over 11 years of healthcare experience ranging from academia, out-patient, in-patient, home-based care, telemedicine, and clinical research.
In her first role as an ICU nurse, she was taught the foundation of nursing care, critical thinking skills, and the importance of collaborative care. She was eager to learn and her passion for healthcare was only growing, so she enrolled in a family nurse practitioner program, believing that it would lead to the autonomy she desired and the ability to interact with patients at an advanced level of care. After the sudden loss of her mother and daughter, Natoya stepped away from bedside nursing and went into the academia setting. She worked as a Clinical Research Nurse at University of Louisville as well as a Clinic Instructor for Spalding University all while working to obtain her Master of Science Degree in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the graduate program she was presented with the opportunity to work in a split role of Nurse Practitioner over the Clinical Trials Unit and Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner with University of Louisville Department of Medicine. She has been a clinical research nurse on cardiac thoracic surgery, emergency trauma, pulmonary, stem cells, and cardiology clinical trials, and feels privileged to have worked as a Sub-Investigator on clinical trials in the specialty area of gastroenterology, hepatology, cardiology, and neurology. One of her more rewarding roles was as a Field Clinician Nurse Practitioner. In this position she traveled the rural parts of Kentucky to conduct health risk assessments on patients. Her role was to identify active and chronic disease states, as well as any physical, mental, and social needs present at the time of the visit.
Natoya takes pride in her work ethic and enjoys being an advocate for her patients and their family members. She is extremely passionate about holistic care/optimal health, teaching upcoming nursing professionals, and research/clinical trials as it plays a pivotal role in shaping modern health care. Natoya loves spending time with family. She enjoys hiking and cooking, and holds a special interest in giving back to underserved communities.
* BS, Nursing, Spalding University
* MS, Nursing, University of Cincinnati
* Certified Clinical Research Coordinator, Association of Clinical Research Professionals
What makes me unique:
I believe my drive and passion for healthcare makes me unique. Working in healthcare for me is a way of life, not just a career.
Why do I practice healthcare:
I have always been a nurturing person who enjoys helping others. I choose healthcare as a career because it allows me to care for people every day.