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Nurse Practitioner Trades Big City for Small Town Charm


Willits, CA – After living in the city for 15 years, Kim Silva, a board certified family nurse practitioner was ready for a change. And she found the perfect place in Willits. Having grown up in Humboldt County, the choice to trade the congested city for a small town was easy, shares Ms. Silva. “It was like coming home for me. I didn’t realize how much I missed Northern California until I moved back. I miss the beautiful scenery and the smell of the redwoods. The fact that I don’t have to be stuck in traffic for two hours to get to work isn’t too bad either,” she adds.

Ms. Silva will join John Glyer, MD and Bev Draudt, FNP at the Redwood Medical Clinic (RMC) and will be seeing patients starting in March. As a family nurse practitioner, Ms. Silva specializes in caring for the whole family: men, women and children. Ms. Silva evaluates and treats many conditions and offers a wide range of services, including preventative medicine, such as vaccinations and annual physical exams; management of ongoing chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension; and treatment of acute medical conditions. She has over 30 years working in psychiatry and has a special interest in women’s health. 

Ms. Silva is a graduate of Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, CA, earning her master of science degree as a family nurse practitioner while working as a registered nurse in the psychiatric unit at San Francisco General Hospital. 

Asked why she chose to specialize in family medicine, Ms. Silva explains, “In coming to a small community my hope would be to get to know and care for the whole family. This is a great opportunity to treat everyone ─ children and their parents, thus allowing me to see the whole picture and provide better care.”  

Ms. Silva is excited for the opportunity to provide care in a small town setting, especially with a new hospital and a brand new facility. “Frank Howard Memorial Hospital has such great reputation, with the new hospital and the new clinic that is opening soon, I feel like we are truly providing the best for this community,” she shares.

Ms. Silva loves music as much as she loves taking care of patients. She’s been playing the drums since grade school and has played in many rock bands in various venues in the Bay Area. She enjoys both playing and listening to different types of music, especially fusion and funk. She also enjoys spending time with family, taking road trips, camping and photography.

Ms. Silva is now accepting new patients at 88 Madrone Street in Willits. To schedule an appointment please call (707)-459-6115.         


Redwood Medical Clinic and Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital are part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.