Kathys bio pictureDr. Kathy Smith, Ed. D, MSN, ACNP, FNP


Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Education

Kathy completed her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner education and Master’s degree of science in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas in August of 2007. She also completed her Family Nurse Practitioner education in August of 2012 also from TTUHSC. Kathy also earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing, Associate Degree in nursing, and Associate degree in arts from New Mexico State University. Kathy recently completed her Doctor of Education degree with a focus in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in May 2017.

Healthcare Experience

Kathy has been a nurse practitioner for ten years and has practiced in primary care, internal medicine, occupational medicine, and university school based settings. She has volunteered as a NP and worked in rural settings. Prior to becoming a NP, she had experience as a Registered Nurse in medical surgical, ICU, home-health and hospice nursing. Kathy has also been a professor in nursing and nurse practitioner programs teaching for the past 10 years.

My Healthcare Passion for Patients

As a nurse practitioner, my goal is to not only provide care for patients with treatments and medications, but also through education. I believe that when a patient understands what is occurring in their body and causing the symptoms, they can partner with their provider in medical choices and make better lifestyle choices to improve health and wellness for themselves. I have a passion for trying to spend the time to teach patients realistic ways to lead healthier lives. Every patient is unique, having different life experiences and genetics—requiring individualized healthcare options.

License & Certifications

• Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)-Texas
• Family Nurse Practitioner-ANCC
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-ANCC
• Certified Medical Examiner (FCMSA) -DOT Physicals

In her personal life, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling when possible, and swimming.