Mercy’s primary care team in Houston just got a little bigger. Michel Anderson, a family nurse practitioner, is now helping patients of all ages at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Houston.
“I’m excited to be able go beyond simple clinic visits,” Anderson said. “I’ll be helping people learn how to take care of their health so they don’t have as many emergency room visits. We’ll talk about diseases or illnesses so they’ll get to feeling better, quicker.”
Anderson, a Louisiana native, joined the Mercy team in early July. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. She also received her master’s in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from Southeastern Louisiana University.
“I spent five years in a Level II Trauma Center in Baton Rouge – before, during and after school,” Anderson said. “I worked in surgery trauma, then moved to the emergency room. I’m used to a fast pace, something we see often now at Mercy in Houston, even though it’s a small community.”
She and her husband, along with their 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, already feel right at home. On weekends, they’re either at the park, heading to gymnastics or enjoying what the Ozarks has to offer.
“We actually used to vacation here,” she said. “My husband has family in Cabool, so we’d canoe the Current River twice a year. Now we can enjoy the scenery as much as we’d like. It’s incredible, and a nice change from the waters of Southern Louisiana.”
Anderson joins Drs. Patricia Benoist and Matthew Brown, as well as David Shoup, physician assistant.
“The team here has been incredible,” Anderson said. “They’re taking time to show me the ropes and help me to be successful so I can build on that and really get to know my patients and the community.”
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Houston is located at 1422 S. Sam Houston Boulevard. Providers offer a variety of services for the entire family, including Mercy Kids. Services include physical exams and sports physicals, treatment for minor injuries to chronic illness, x-rays, immunizations and more. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; to make an appointment or find out more information about services offered, call 417-967-4445.