Family Nurse Practitioners Barbie Fulton and Miriam Stricklan both grew up in south-central Missouri, so the chance to help care for the communities where they were raised really appealed to them when choosing to work for Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).
Fulton and Stricklan, along with their collaborator, family medicine physician Kimberly Bohlmann, MD, currently see patients at the PCRMC Dent Medical Clinic in Salem. They specialize in family practice.
Fulton, who was born and raised in Salem, has been a nurse since 1994. In 2005, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Missouri-Columbia to become a nurse practitioner. Fulton initially worked in the PCRMC Pain Clinic but has been helping patients in Salem and surrounding communities at the PCRMC Dent Medical Clinic for the last three years.
Stricklan, who grew up in Rolla and now lives in Salem, has been employed as a nurse since 2004. She worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and has been a shift manager at PCRMC. She earned her nurse practitioner degree by completing the MSN program in 2017 at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky.
Stricklan started out seeing patients in PCRMC’s Rural Health Clinic before moving to Salem and joining the PCRMC Dent Medical Clinic. “I’ve worked for PCRMC for most of my career, so choosing to practice here was a no-brainer. I didn’t want to go anywhere else,” Stricklan says.
For Fulton, the transition from nurse to family nurse practitioner allows her to provide a full spectrum of care to the community. “I can treat patients more completely,” Fulton says.
When Stricklan came to Salem, she said one of her goals was to help patients establish care with a primary care provider.
“In the ICU, I saw people who were very sick, and I wanted to keep people from getting to that stage. I want to keep people healthy, so our primary focus is preventive care,” Stricklan says.
Both Fulton and Stricklan say what they enjoy most about their jobs is serving their community.
“It’s kind of like caring for your close friends and family,” Fulton says.
“It’s very rewarding to see how even the smallest of changes can make a big difference in our patients’ lives,” Stricklan says.
Fulton says she tries to get to know her patients, beyond just their medical issues. “I want to help them improve their quality of life,” she says.
Stricklan and Fulton take the time to listen to their patients and pay attention to their concerns. Both take a holistic approach to patients’ health issues.
Because the Dent Medical Clinic is part of the PCRMC network, patients have access to a variety of primary and specialty care services, including cancer care as well as care for the digestive, respiratory and nervous systems. PCRMC serves a six-county area, including Phelps, Dent, Texas, Pulaski, Maries and Crawford counties, so patients can receive care close to home.
Walk-in and same-day appointments are available at the PCRMC Dent Medical Clinic. In addition to family medicine, the clinic offers well-women exams, well-child exams, general wellness physicals, sports physicals and annual exams.
The PCRMC Dent Medical Clinic, located at 1010 Scenic Rivers Blvd., is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 573-729-5533 or visit pcrmc.com.