April Thomas (she, her, hers) is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who is passionate about developing strong patient relationships to increase the quality of care. She obtained an undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a masters degree from Creighton University in Omaha. She has spent much of her career in community health settings, providing primary care to high-risk patients with limited resources, which ingrained in her that our physical health cannot be separated from our mental, emotional, spiritual or socioeconomic well being.
April practices integrative care –– a whole-person approach that acknowledges the complex factors influencing health, wellness, and disease and elevates the partnership between patient and provider. Integrative care encourages the use of evidence-based lifestyle and natural therapies whenever possible, to improve patient safety and keep healthcare costs low. So April pairs the pharmaceutical treatment of chronic illnesses with nutritional, lifestyle and environmental changes to enhance one’s innate ability to get well. She is particularly interested in improving primary care for patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
As a family nurse practitioner, April can independently:
- Perform general wellness exams for males and females including contraceptive management
- Manage chronic illness, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, hypertension, high cholesterol
- Diagnose and treat patients with chronic mental illness, including depression and anxiety, as well as work as an advocate on the healthcare team for patients with more complex mental illness, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
- Treat sexually transmitted infections and prescribe PrEP
- Care for acute illnesses, such as respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, sinusitis, minor muscle sprains/strains, skin rashes and repair of minor skin lacerations