Starla Smith grew up in Dora, Missouri, and now she’s using her skills as a nurse practitioner to serve patients in her home area.
“I’m working in Mercy’s clinics in Summersville, Mountain View and Birch Tree,” she said. “I knew I wanted to serve in a rural area and the people here are near to my heart. Health care is such a wonderful opportunity to touch and serve people.”
Smith began her education at Missouri State University – West Plains, then went on to the University of Missouri for her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She earned her master’s degree and became a family nurse practitioner after attending Chamberlain University.
Now, she’s home to help her patients stay well. “I’m a big advocate of preventive medicine,” she said. “I don’t just want to heal my patients when they’re sick – I want to keep them well.”
When she’s not in one of Mercy’s clinics, you’ll find Smith enjoying the Ozarks’ rivers and lakes as she kayaks and goes camping.
You don’t even have to make an appointment to see Smith. She’s taking walk-in patients on Mondays, Tuesdays, and alternating Wednesdays at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Mountain View. The “Come On In” hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those days are designed for anyone to just walk in and get care.
In addition, Smith has appointments available at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Birch Tree on Thursdays and alternating Wednesdays. She’s at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Summersville on Fridays.