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Fort Bragg Rural Health Center Now Offering Primary Care


Family Nurse Practitioner, Dev O’NeillFort Bragg, CA – Beginning this month primary care services are now available at the Fort Bragg Rural Health Center (FBRHC). Traditionally the FBRHC specialized in women’s care, however based on the needs expressed by the community, we have expanded it to include primary care services for men, women and children – with the potential for additional specialty care in the near future.

Primary care services will be provided by board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Dev O’Neill. Ms. O’Neill is a native San Franciscan and is a graduate of Smith College and Yale University School of Nursing. She is very familiar with Mendocino county with her family living in Willits for over 40 years and extended family in Albion, Little River, and Fort Bragg. For Ms. O’Neill practicing in Fort Bragg was something she couldn’t pass up, “I love the fact that our office was traditionally for obstetrics and gynecology services, and now we are able to offer family practice at the same location,” Ms. O’Neill said enthusiastically.

As for the kinds of patients she enjoys seeing Ms. O’Neill said, “Families! I love the whole family. I do chronic care for people with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and also enjoy seeing children for an ear ache, a general checkup, or a high risk teen who needs a compassionate place to learn how to have safer behaviors. I am also fluent in Spanish and spent two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras and eight years practicing medicine with migrant farm workers, so I do have an affinity towards Latino patients. For the past five years I have focused more attention on the aging adult with geriatric care. I have a subspecialty in hospice and palliative care. I am very comfortable caring for geriatric patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

A passion for caring extends far beyond Ms. O’Neill’s office, “I am a foster parent and enjoy that very much. I also love do-it-yourself projects around the house. I dabble in photography and have been known to write a short story now and again,” said Ms. O’Neill, who continued, “My perspective on life can pretty much be summed up in my favorite quote by Walt Whitman, “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, all you have been told...,dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem." 

The Fort Bragg Rural Health Center is now accepting men, women, children over the age of five, and geriatric patients as primary care patients. To schedule an appointment with board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Dev O’Neill, call (707) 964-0259.

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