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Theresa Clearwater FNP
Specialties: Palliative Care
Board Certified: Family Nurse Practitioner
Hospital Affiliations: Orange Regional Medical Center.
Prior Experience: FNP - Hudson Valley Hematology Oncology Associates; FNP - Hudson Valley Health Group
Undergraduate: A.A.S. Nursing - Orange County Community College, Middletown, NY; BSN - SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Graduate: MSN, FNP - Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
Volunteering for various cancer related community events and attending educational seminars.
Year Joined: 2017
What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?
My first job in high school was a nursing assistant at a local nursing home. It was that job that encouraged me to go to nursing school and with each subsequent role in health care, I knew I wanted to learn more, do more and help more people.
What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?
I believe that the field of oncology/palliative care is unique because there is no other specialty where there is such a bond and trusting relationship that is formed between patient and caregiver. My field chose me and I love it.
How do you connect with your patients?
I try to be available to my patients and provide empathy, through my own personal/family experiences.
What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?
I enjoy reading (James Patterson), playing computer games and spending time with my family.
What is your advice for your patients?
I always tell my patients - stay positive and never give up!