Claire is part owner of Family First and nurse practitioner with an impressive
healthcare resume that spans over three decades and encompasses
extensive practical experience in a variety of medical settings and disciplines.
Claire began her career in healthcare as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in
1992, working with physicians to provide optimal care to patients at medical
clinics in Texas and Oklahoma. A love of learning drove her to return to school
and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in
2002. Her new qualifications subsequently took her to hospital surgical
trauma and intensive care units where she treated critically ill patients and
served as a clinical educator for ICU interns.
Claire’s next career step brought her to urgent care clinics, where she cared
for patients of all ages with a variety of healthcare needs. During that time,
she also earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Texas A&M
University in 2009 to become a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). A year
later, a post-graduate certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
(ACNP) followed. From there, Claire returned to the hospital setting where she
practiced in trauma centers, emergency rooms, and intensive care units at
Texas hospitals, most recently at Methodist Hospital Houston, Valley Regional
Medical Center in Brownsville, TX, and Conroe Regional Medical Center.
Most recently Claire completed a post Master’s degree in Nutrition from the
University of Maryland Integrative Health. She is committed to promote
nutrition and wellness in her own life and the patients she treats. She
specializes in weight management and nutrition as a basis for overall health
and mental wellness.
Remarkably, Claire’s fast-paced career and ambitious educational goals did not stop her from making another important commitment: For nearly 10 years, she served as an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Unit. Her enlistment included a 1-year assignment at the U.S. Army Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where she provided critical care to wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Claire’s extensive experience, outstanding credentials, and focus on positive patient outcomes make her a valuable team member at Family First Urgent Care. She is also a member of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Nurses Association.
Claire is the proud mother of two, grandmother of two, and lives in The Woodlands, TX.