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Chelyen Davis is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
Profile: Donna Bowser
This year’s Guide to Living, published last week, includes a number of “mini-profiles” of people who may not be well-known but play important roles in the community. Four of these profiles feature people who work in the health care field.
The health care profiles were assembled by me and by Sara Mitchell, a student at Virginia Tech who was an intern here this summer. Today, in the final one to be featured on the blog, we recognize a true “unsung hero,” Donna Bowser, provider to the region’s poor.
NAME: Donna Bowser
OCCUPATION: Director of clinical services, nurse practitioner at the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
JOB DESCRIPTION: Provides health care to the low-income, uninsured residents of the area
AWARDS: Recognized in May by the Virginia Health Care Foundation as an “Unsung Hero” for her 12 years of work in helping to build the Moss program.
WORK EXPERIENCE: Worked as an ICU nurse at Potomac Hospital and as a family nurse practitioner in its mobile health van. Also worked at an internal medicine office in Woodbridge and at Pratt Medical Center’s North Stafford office.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degrees in biology and nursing from Anna Marie College and Columbia University, family nurse practitioner’s degree from George Washington University and George Mason University, doctoral of nursing practice degree from the University of Virginia.
WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU CHANGE?: “Get rid of poverty.” Patients are so worried about “where am I going to sleep, how am I going to take care of my kids” that they neglect their medical problems.
HOBBIES: Ballroom dancing.
HOW DID YOU GET HERE?: Answered a help-wanted ad
FAMILY: Husband Robert, son Geoffrey, 27, daughter Michelle, 25, granddaughter Krista