Nurse Practitioner Downtown Anchorage
Kathy Knutson, ANP
Kathy grew up on Long Island, about 50 miles from New York City. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in nutrition and diabetics and worked as a dietitian for 17 years. While living in England she completed a Masters Degree in Health Education at the University of London. She decided to pursue a nursing career while living in Dallas, TX and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baylor University, leading her class. She completed her second Masters Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2008 at UAA in Anchorage, Alaska.
Kathy has worked in many different clinical areas and settings over the years, including hospital, outpatient, school and research environments. She has been at Anchorage Medical & Surgical Clinic since July 2009. She enjoys the challenges and rewards of family practice and internal medicine, serving people from across the age spectrum. Her colleagues describe her as “vibrant, energetic, friendly and competent.”
With her husband and two sons Kathy has lived in Alaska since 2004. She enjoys most outdoor activities including hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, cross country and downhill skiing. Her current passion is running, with a goal of completing one marathon every year.
Why Nurse Practitioners?
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are experienced advanced practice nurses who provide high quality healthcare services similar to those of physicians. NPs manage most common and chronic health problems, either independently or as part of a medical team. As nurses first, they tend to use a health care model that focuses on the whole person, not just one disease or one body part.
Nurse Practitioners have nursing degrees along with advanced education and training at either the Masters or Doctoral level. They have clinical training in many areas of primary care including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health and acute care. NPs also practice in a wide range of sub-specialty areas including dermatology, neonatology, orthopedics, cardiology, pain management and mental health.
Nurse Practitioners can diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as injuries, infections, diabetes and hypertension. They complete physical, gyn and wellness exams as well as sports physicals. NPs can order and interpret labs, X-Rays and other tests. They can prescribe medication in all 50 states. NPs are licensed by the state in which they practice. In Alaska NP’s can practice independently and have full prescriptive authority for all medications and controlled substances.
Nurse Practitioners provide high quality, cost effective medical care. Studies have shown a high level of patient satisfaction with the care received from Nurse Practitioners.
Here at Anchorage Medical & Surgical Clinic our NP’s s practice both independently and in collaboration with our physicians. As highly trained health care professionals, the goal of our NPs is to provide the best possible individualized care to our patients.