CORVALLIS — Vanessa Mizak, FNP-C, is the newest provider to join The Corvallis Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Department and will begin seeing patients by referral in September. For information, call 541-754-1272.
Mizak (Meh-zac) will provide follow-up treatment and guidance for Pulmonary Medicine patients. She has more than 10 years of experience caring for people with chronic and serious illnesses as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and registered nurse, and she has also taught pain and symptom management to nurses.
Ms. Mizak comes to The Clinic from Littleton Adventist Hospital, Palliative Care, in Littleton, CO, where she had practiced as a family nurse practitioner from 2017 to 2018 and as an adult gerontology-clinical nurse specialist from 2014 to 2018.
She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and as an Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also holds an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) certification through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center.
Ms. Mizak earned a Post-Master’s Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, in 2017, and a Master of Science in Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist, from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, in Aurora, CO, in 2014.
Always fascinated by how the body functioned, Mizak knew from an early age she wanted to help people through a healthcare career. “As a child, I often ‘bandaged’ up my stuffed animals and took care of them.”
She eventually studied and worked her way from licensed practical nurse to nurse practitioner, eventually finding her niche in treating and educating people with chronic and serious illnesses. “It was the natural next step for me in my education and learning process,” she said of becoming a family nurse practitioner three years after she began practice as a clinical nurse specialist in adult gerontology. “I wanted to be able to use my expertise in palliative care in the outpatient primary care setting and obtaining an FNP degree was the best way to do this.”
Mizak says chronic and serious diseases not only take a physical toll, but an emotional one as well. “I do not just treat an illness or disease, but the whole person. Treating the emotional component of trying to manage these illnesses is how I came to work in palliative care and why I wanted to apply it to a broader scope of people.”
She says patients often thank her for her “honesty and straightforward, compassionate approach.”
Ms. Mizak and her husband have three daughters. They enjoy hiking, the beach and “weekend getaways exploring new cities and towns.”
The Corvallis Clinic, an independent, physician-led medical group, is a comprehensive multi-specialty organization, serving Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties. It offers more than 100 board-certified providers and advanced professionals in 27 specialties at 10 area locations. As the fourth-largest area employer, The Clinic has 600 employees.