Debra Schuerman
NP, Clinical Specialist at Field Support
Team member since September 2018

February 2019 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. I’ve been in healthcare since the age of 16. It’s all I’ve known. I’ve seen a lot of change in the industry over the years and a lot of it not for the better. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join a forward-thinking company whose model leans towards quality and outcomes over the traditional fee for service model. This is so refreshing as a provider to have the time to deliver the care we were trained to do. I’m really inspired when I’m surrounded by intelligent, motivated and energetic people with the same goals and purpose.

When not at work I love spending time with family and friends and staying active through sports and cross training. I also love going to movies or the theater and traveling with my husband. Most of all I love doing meaningful work.

January 2019 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do because it’s important to me to be a part of something bigger than myself. Healthcare is of particular interest to me because of the value I place on the health of those around me. I love Vera’s quality-based, bio-psycho-social approach to healthcare and the emphasis on mindfulness and compassion.

I’ve had a great deal of encouragement over the years from family members particularly from my mom who is no longer with us. She always pushed for me to do good in the world, work hard and set goals. I continue to stay inspired by her influence.

I absolutely love winter sports! Downhill skiing and figure skating are my top two picks. I have a background in figure skating and continue to carry out my passion by coaching on the side. It makes me proud and brings me joy to inspire my skaters to achieve their skating dreams.

Chelsea Joynes
Patient Service Representative at Springbrook Clinic, Seattle
Team member since July 2018
Siobhan Holcombe
MA and Site Lead at First Hill Clinic, Seattle
Team member since May 2013

December 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. So often, patients are unable to connect with their healthcare team on a personal level. Time constraints, burnout, high demand-all these things prevent patients from establishing a trusting relationship with healthcare providers. Vera allows me the time to really connect with my patients and when trust is established, they are more willing to share information that will truly make a difference in their health. I am proud to be a part of the revolution.

My children bring me the most joy. The art of child-rearing in this modern chaotic world is difficult to say the least, but as they develop into teenagers, I am overjoyed that they exhibit many of the characteristics and values that I hold most dear. I look forward to the day when the seeds that I have planted in them produce a bountiful harvest.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later”-Og Mandino

November 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. While not directly helping our patients, I believe that credentialing is vitally important because it is the one process that allows patients to confidently place their trust in their chosen healthcare providers. My main motivation comes from providing the best service I can in order to serve Vera Whole Health and all of our providers and patients.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  And I’m all about soccer, having played and coached for many years.  Go Sounders!  Go Huskies!

Duane Nakamura
Credentialing Analyst at Field Support
Team member since December 2016
Amy Keljo
Lead Provider at 5th Avenue Clinic, Seattle
Team member since November 2014

October 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. Its unique structure gives me time to be present with my patients, hear their story, build connection, and partner with them on staying healthy not just addressing their illness. These were my goals when I became a nurse practitioner, and Vera allows me to do just that. Vera tries hard to hire people who share in the mission. As a result, our team members really pull together in a way that isn’t true elsewhere. My team truly feels like a family, and we have each other’s back. What we do every day can be emotionally tiring but working with such great people makes it easier.

I really appreciate all the tricks and tools of Vera’s coaching program that are just too many to enumerate. I have learned a lot about mindfulness which is no longer just a popular buzz word, but instead an effective tool in both my personal and professional life. The culture at Vera has supported me as I learned to find my voice, and I’ve been encouraged to speak up and contribute even if it means disagreeing with the status quo.

My six-year-old son brings me pride and joy. I love to travel and am starting to do more of it now since being a mom. I look forward to rediscovering the wonders of travel and sharing them with my son. This year I was also able to change my work schedule so that I can do more artistic and creative activities that give me that warm, happy feeling inside. I am learning new artistic mediums and am currently working on a present for my husband that involves photographs on aluminum! I worked hard to become a NP and the experiences I’ve had in this role at Vera have been incredibly satisfying on a personal level.

September 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. Before I became a member of the Vera team, I was a patient. My time as a patient was unlike anything I had experienced with other healthcare providers. Now I am fortunate enough to be a part of this team who is changing the way that we approach health and wellness…the revolution.

The people in my life inspire me to do my best. Whether it is family, friends, or co-workers, they all inspire me in different ways. For me, the best days are spending time with my wife and little albino dog. Near or far, I am usually looking for an adventure. Seeing new sights, trying new foods, and experiencing new cultures are all things that bring me joy.

James Johnston
Director of Business Operations at Field Support
Team Member Since November 2016
Katherine Wolf
Regional Clinic Manager NW at Field Support
Team Member Since August 2013

August 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do.  Vera has allowed me to become a part of our patient’s lives and watch the impact that our clinical teams can have on them. For me, the past five years have been a journey of personal and professional growth.  Engaging with our care teams and supporting them so that they can continue to bring quality care is what I get to do on a daily basis.  Through Vera’s core values of listening and being curious, I try to be present with each and every team member to ensure their voice is heard on this journey.

I’m inspired by how our clinical teams create a network of support for our patients, their families, as well as our Vera teammates.  It is amazing to me how this can promote and initiate behavior change for individuals, which then has a ripple effect on anyone else they come in contact with.

My family is what brings me the most joy.  I love spending time outdoors with my husband, Chris, and our daughter, Evelyn.  We love hiking, camping, and taking our two dogs on long walks.

July 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. I feel incredibly lucky to work at Vera and to be part of the revolution this company is bringing to its patients. I have worked in healthcare in the past and strongly believe something has to be changed. I like the way Vera helps its patients, and how much impact Vera brings to everyone it serves. It makes me feel like every day I work has meaning.

It is my passion to do good and do well for the people we serve. At Vera, I can continue my journey in healthcare but in a different and more challenging way. What inspires me are the challenges we face every day, the passion my team mates bring to their work, and the achievements we make step by step.

Spending time with my family is when I feel most relaxed. I enjoy swimming and playing tennis with my wife and son. Sometimes a little adventure with them in nature also will enlighten my day!

Jigang Yang
Data Scientist at Field Support
Team member since September 2016
Alyssa Wilson
Medical Assistant, Site Lead and Clinical Trainer at Field Support
November 2014

June 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. Connection is something I love to study and practice. I am fascinated by sociology and what brings people together. I love working at Vera because my passion for connecting and serving others is cultivated and celebrated within our company’s culture. Every day I get the chance to be invited into someone’s story. Beauty, struggle, joy, heartache and triumph are shared within a primary care setting and it is an honor to be able to listen and serve patients wherever they might be. I get to experience this magic alongside a great team too! One that not only loves the people we serve, but also each other. That makes me feel very blessed. I believe life is a gift and love is the point, Vera lets me practice that belief daily.

I am inspired by the power of healing. I want to serve, love and have empathy for our patients and care teams in hopes that my effort fosters a space for healing and miracles. When I’m not at work I find a lot of joy in going to farmers markets. They are like my own personal version of pixie dust. It always lifts my spirit and help me appreciate the beauty that is around me. Also, I can’t get enough of sailing the San Juan Islands! I go every summer and hope this year I will see a whale.

May 2018 Featured Employee

Vera Whole Health is a viable expression of who I am and what I love to do. My passion is connecting with people. Working at Vera allows me to do that everyday whether that is building relationships with our clients or solving problems with my coworkers. Vera is a mission focused company. When you get a group of talented people together that are aligned in their mission and goals it’s a pretty special thing.

My coworkers and teammates inspire me every day to be a better version of myself. They are passionate and kind and talented and they push me to do things I didn’t know were possible.

Nothing brings me joy quite like traveling and experiencing new places or new cultures. My goal is to visit each continent in the next couple years. Only a couple more to go.

Ben Slager
Senior Customer Success Manager at Field Support
Team member since September 2015