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Leslie Cooper FNP-BC
Board Certified: Family Nurse Practitioner
Prior Experience: HealthMed Plus, Suffern, NY
Undergraduate: Columbia University
Lifestyle modifications and/or medical therapy to reach and maintain a healthy weight, smoking cessation. Asthma and COPD control, HTN and dyslipidemia and complementary therapies.
Year Joined: 2015
What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?
I became an RN at the age of 27 and from the minute I stepped onto the Med-Surg Floor and took care of my first patient, I knew I had found my calling. I became a Nurse Practitioner after several years of working as an RN in various settings including home care and school nursing. Through my varied experiences, I realized I wanted to help families in my community reach their highest health potential. I knew that going back to school to become an FNP would give me the education and tools I needed to do just that.
What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?
I chose Family health because I enjoy seeing patients of all ages. I believe if we care for the family as a unit, everyone in that unit benefits. I like the challenge of finding the right diagnoses, coordinating care and providing helpful referrals. I focus on teaching my patients how to care for themselves and their families so they can decrease episodic illnesses and lessen the impact of chronic disease.
How do you connect with your patients?
I connect with my patients by giving them a safe space to talk. I educate them using common language and am open for questions and differing opinions. I don't judge and keep a respectful distance. In addition, I follow up with them when needed and they know they can trust me.
What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?
My interests outside of the office include: reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, walking, biking with my husband, and going to the gym. I enjoy foreign films, audible books and I love going and sitting in the Library.
What is your advice for your patients?
The advice I give most to my patients is to be compassionate to themselves as they would a friend. If they did this they would care for their health more than they do now.