Montville Health Center welcomes new provider
October 22, 2011
The Montville Backus Health Center has added a new provider to round out its healthcare team.
Kristin Mahan, APRN, works full-time and started seeing patients on Monday.
“I chose to become an APRN to advance my career and expand upon the skills I learned as an RN,” said Mrs. Mahan. “I enjoy forming relationships with patients, and having them trust in me. In an acute-care setting, you’re only seeing a snapshot of the patient. As a primary care provider, I have the opportunity to work with them long-term.”
Mrs. Mahan earned her BSN degree at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1995, and recently completed her MSN degree with a concentration in diabetes management and prevention at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. She is certified in family medicine by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honor society. Prior to earning her graduate degree, Mrs. Mahan worked on A-3 at Backus for more than two years.
“Working on A-3 opened my eyes to the importance of health promotion and prevention. It was my experience on the unit that really encouraged me to become an APRN, and help patients before the onset of their diseases,” said Mrs. Mahan. “I encourage patients to lead healthier lifestyles by making better nutritional choices and incorporating exercise.”
She added, “My co-workers on A-3 were amazing, they’re great team players. They were all very supportive of my education, and I’ve made lifelong friendships.”
Mrs. Mahan will join Evelyne Miller, MD, at the Montville Health Center, which in addition to offering primary care also offers urgent care, lab and diagnostic imaging services.
“As I tell people that I’m going to work with Dr. Miller, so many of them express how wonderful she is,” Mrs. Mahan said. “They all tell me that she takes time with her patients and is very thorough. I’m looking forward to this experience.”
A Preston resident, Mrs. Mahan said she is pleased to practice in the community she calls home.