Casey Van Lare, FNP-BC
I have been a registered nurse for about 25 years and have been fortunate
to work in many different areas of nursing. As an RN, I've worked
in hospital settings as a staff nurse in orthopedics, medical/surgical,
oncology and outpatient services. I knew when I was in high school that
I wanted to be a nurse and began volunteering at a local hospital. My
passion for nursing was influenced by my dad, who was a pharmacologist.
During my pre-requisite nursing classes, I had the opportunity to talk
with a nurse practitioner about her daily activities as well as her education
and training. After speaking with her, I knew that was what I wanted to
do. I wanted to see patients of all ages, different disease states and
be able to influence and educate individuals about their health. As a
nurse practitioner, I have experience in the asthma and allergy specialty,
clinical trials and yearly assessments/home visits with seniors.
Recently, I have been specializing in sleep disorders with Dr. Peter Fotinakes
at the St. Joseph Hospital Sleep Disorders Center. I have learned a lot
and the caregivers at the Center have been wonderful teachers and mentors.
I enjoy my job and find it very satisfying to help people get a better
quality of sleep. Sleep is important part of our lives - our bodies need
sleep just like we need air to breathe. In fact, a lack of quality sleep
can contribute to both physical and mental health problems. I think it
is important to speak with each patient about their medical and sleep
history and make recommendations for ways to improve their sleep quality.
In my spare time outside of work I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking,
traveling, watching movies, reading, cuddling with my cats, and spending
time with my teenage daughter, friends and family.