Premier Medical Center Expands Provider Team with Family Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Gueriera loves caring for patients—and the Colorado lifestyle—in equal measure. That’s why Basalt’s Premier Medical Center, a direct care practice founded by family physician Dr. Tim Kruse nearly a decade ago, is the perfect professional fit for her.

Lauren is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the newest member of the practice. With her additional specialized training and education as a nurse practitioner, she serves as a primary care provider. That means she can provide health physicals for adults and children, diagnose and treat acute and chronic medical conditions, order diagnostic tests, perform procedures like sutures and skin biopsies, and prescribe medications. 

As for her treatment philosophy, she places emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion. Lauren has experience and keen interest in coaching patients on personal health goals.

“I care for patients of all ages and through all phases of life,” Lauren says. “If you want to work on a particular goal like losing weight, quitting smoking, lowering your blood pressure or managing anxiety or depression, I’d be thrilled to help you work toward your goal!”

Lauren was born and raised in Atlanta and graduated from Emory University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1991. She moved to Colorado in 1994 and has worked in diverse nursing disciplines including pediatrics, psychiatrics, public health, forensic nursing, acute rehabilitation, home health and cancer research.  

Then in 2014, after two-plus decades in a successful general nursing career, Lauren fulfilled her aspiration to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, earning her master of science degree from Georgetown University.

Direct primary care is a health care model in which family medicine providers and physicians provide complete primary care services for a set monthly, quarterly or annual fee, like a membership. It eliminates the costly health insurance component in the traditional primary healthcare model.

“My goal is to give our patients a choice and an affordable alternative for primary care,” says Dr. Kruse. “Lauren shares my belief in truly patient-focused care; spending time, asking questions and actively listening to their needs.”

When she isn’t helping patients, Lauren is most often found riding her mountain bike, camping, trail running, hiking, and cross country and telemark skiing. She and her family have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley community since 2001.

Premier Medical Center is taking new patients now, and initial consultations are complimentary. To make an appointment with Lauren Gueriera, FNP, or to learn more about the practice and how its direct care model works, go to pmclinic.org or call 970-927-8563.

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