Great Smokies Medical Center of Asheville

GSMC Welcomes New Employees

GSMC is pleased to welcome Pamela A. Shuler, D.N.Sc., C.F.N.P., R.N. Pam, a Sylva native, is a certified family nurse practitioner specializing in preventive, hormonal, nutritional and metabolic therapies. She will initially be seeing patients on Wednesdays at GSMC.

Pam received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Carolina University in 1977, her master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner training from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1980, and her doctorate in public health nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1991.

Pam started learning about “healthy living” at an early age from her grandmother and her husband’s grandmother who both lived past the age of 100. They taught her the value of good, fresh food, vitamins and minerals, and how they healed their families with natural therapies. As a result, Pam has integrated principles of nutrition into her practice for 20+ years.

Pam has published numerous research articles pertaining to holistic health and women’s health, a clinician’s handbook on management of breast problems, and most recently, has coauthored a textbook titled “Natural, Alternative and Complementary Health Care Practices.” Her original holistic practice model, “The Shuler Nurse Practitioner Practice Model” is used throughout the nation by universities and nurse practitioners. Pam and her husband live in Sylva, NC, and enjoy hiking with their dogs, camping, playing music and spending time with family and friends.

Apparently good things come in pairs, as GSMC has also had the good fortune to be joined by Barbara Bonanno. Barb received her B.S.N. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in 1986. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of medical and surgical settings since then, including six years as a traveling nurse and later as a Data Quality Reviewer for the Cleveland Health Quality Choice Program, that measured quality of healthcare delivery at 27 hospitals in the Cleveland area until the program was phased out in 1999.

Barb and her husband, a retired New York City firefighter, both enjoy traveling but have recently unpacked their bags long enough to settle in the Asheville area. They particularly enjoy the area festivals and spending time with family.

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