Medical Staff

CYNTHIA CULP

CYNTHIA CULP

MSN, NP-C, IFMCP

Cynthia Culp is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner of the Institute of Functional Medicine. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Eagle, Idaho. Cynthia has over 30 years of health care experience and is committed to providing quality individualized health care to her patients and their families. She focuses on prevention and motivates her patients to take an active role in managing their health care.

Cynthia completed the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree at Gonzaga University in 1997. She successfully completed all IFM Certification requirements and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).

For more information on functional medicine go to The Institute of Functional Medicine.

KARA DELACY

KARA DELACY

MN, NP-C

Kara DeLacy is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Eagle, Idaho. She is currently accepting new patients for primary care.

Kara graduated with honors from Washington State University with her Masters in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner degree (FNP). Kara volunteered her time in various community service programs while attending graduate school at Washington State University. She was the recipient of the Washington State Humanitarian Service Award. She is a Boise native and enjoys outdoor activities with her dog, Luna.

 

HEATHER WILCKE

HEATHER WILCKE

MN, NP-C

Heather Wilcke is certified nationally as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and received her Masters of Science Nursing degree from Idaho State University in 2013. Prior to that, she has been a Registered Nurse in intensive care units and the emergency department for over 12 years, at St. Alphonsus and St. Lukes Regional Medical Centers, here in Boise.  She received her Bachelor of Science Nursing in 2001 from Boise State University.  She has experience as a nurse practitioner in Neurology, as well as family practice.

Heather has special interests in adolescence, pediatrics, Women’s Health, dermatology and critical care. She enjoys the diversity of family practice.

Born and raised in Idaho, Heather enjoys the outdoors, whether it be biking, hiking, water kayaking or simply floating down the Boise River in the summer.

CARE PHILOSOPHY: My goal is your wellness. I will provide compassion, unconditional acceptance and a holistic approach in your care. I value health promotion, honesty and evidence-based practice.

 

What Is A Nurse Practitioner?

 

How Nurse Practitioners differ from Medical Physicians

One unique aspect of Nurse Practitioners is their holistic approach to treating patients. Nurse Nurse PractitionerPractitioners focus on each patient’s entire well being, taking the time to educate their patients and share information on how their health issues will positively and negatively affect not only their body, but how it may impact their loved ones as well.

The license held by a nurse practitioner allows them to practice independently. Nurse practitioners provide a variety of services which include conducting complete medical examinations, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic health problems, ordering diagnostic imaging tests, laboratory tests to assist in making a diagnosis, and prescribing and managing medications. They have received advanced education in nutrition and its’ impact on disease states, and chronic illness.

Like most medical providers, nurse practitioners accept most insurance, and many practices will take all insurances. Through education and focusing on changing lifestyles, nurse practitioners want to help patients have few health issues to manage.

In addition to their Bachelor’s Degrees, nurse practitioners hold an advanced graduate or Master’s Degree and are licensed by their respective professional organizations. Nurse Practitioners are board certified in their specialty area and are held to a standard of practice within their state of practice.

 

Nurse Practitioner Education & Training

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education (a minimum of a master’s degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services. They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. An NP can serve as a patient’s primary health care provider.

Nurse practitioners see patients of all ages. The core philosophy of the field is individualized care. Nurse practitioners focus on patients’ conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. NPs make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities. This can mean fewer prescriptions and less expensive treatments. Informing patients about their health care and encouraging them to participate in decisions are central to the care provided by NPs.