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Family Nurse Practitioner Joins Dinuba West


Arlene Shipman, a family nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience, has joined Adventist Health / Community Care – Dinuba West.

Growing up in Simi Valley, Calif., Shipman remembers visiting the doctor quite a bit because of pharyngitis, which caused her to suffer from sore throats.

“My doctor was very kind and compassionate,” she says. “I thought the world of him.”

That compassion is what made her decide to pursue a career in the medical field.

She earned an Associate of Arts from Reedley College and an Associate of Science in Nursing from College of the Sequoias.

While serving as a nurse in an Intensive Care Unit, she received news within the same year that her mother and daughter were diagnosed with cancer.

“This made me want to go back to school and do more,” says Shipman. “I’m passionate about people, and I want to help them as much as I possibly can.”

She attended the Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant program at University of California at Davis in Sacramento.

Most recently, she was caring for patients at a rural health clinic in Selma.

She’s a firm believer that God is the ultimate healer, and that He will provide direction and healing.

“I enjoy helping people spiritually,” she says. “It’s such a great freedom to be able to pray with a person in need.”

Shipman has been married for 45 years and has four adult children. In her free time, she enjoys painting, knitting, baking and going on medical mission trips with her husband. Each year, they care for about a thousand people in six clinics.

She speaks English and Spanish, and may be reached at Community Care – Dinuba West, 250 W. El Monte Way, with a phone number of (559) 595-9890. For more information, please visit: