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"I Found My Calling"

Physicians, 2017

DINUBA – For six years, Frances A. White was a school nurse in Tulare County, but would often be addressed as “doctor.” She found that many of the students and their families relied on her as a source of healthcare, since they were in a remote rural area with few resources.

“I felt limited in the advice I could offer, though, so I went back to school to become a family nurse practitioner (FNP),” says White, who now cares for children and adults at Adventist Health Medical Office – Dinuba Plaza.

White earned a Master in Nursing from the California State University, Fresno, FNP program and became board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

She has five years of experience caring for children and adults as an FNP at rural health clinics in Tulare and in general surgery and urgent care in Palo Alto. For two years, White served as an adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno.

Although she was born in the Bay Area and grew up in Los Angeles, she received a glimpse of the Central Valley when she lived in Exeter for nine years and fell in love with the area. Both she and her husband -- a high school teacher and football coach -- decided to move back to the Central Valley because they missed the feeling of being part of a community.

“My husband and I are both inspired to help others in our community. It’s our calling,” she says. One of the biggest reasons White was attracted to Adventist Health was because it’s a religious institution, where she can offer prayer.

White and her husband have been married for 13 years and have two children: an 11-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and traveling. She’s fluent in English and Tagalog.

White may be reached at Medical Office-Dinuba Plaza, 444 W. El Monte Way, with an office number of (559) 591-4166. For more information, visit: www.DinubaCare.com.