Debbie Griner is a certified family nurse practitioner at Mesa Primary Care.
She grew up in Rapid City, S.D., and knew she wanted to be a nurse by the time she entered high school. She had a strong interest in medicine and science, and her older sister is a pediatrician. Her sister started medical school the same year Griner began her undergraduate nursing program at the University of North Dakota.
For nine years, she worked in the ICUs of large metropolitan teaching hospitals. She has also worked as a nurse practitioner in neurosurgery, pediatrics, cardiology and cardiac surgery. She and her family moved to Casper in 2007 where she was a nurse practitioner at Wyoming Cardiopulmonary Services and at Wyoming Cardiac Surgery, working with patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
“Treating my patients at Wyoming Medical Center has afforded me the opportunity to establish collegial relationships with other providers in the community which will be helpful in my transition to primary care,” she said.
Though she worked in primary care for five months right out of graduate school, she spent the bulk of her career in sub-specialty roles. She looks forward to being in a role where she gets to deal with the whole patient.
“I feel as though I have come full circle,” she said. “I believe my experiences in neurosurgery, pediatrics and cardiac and thoracic surgery have provided a well-rounded base for management of patients. It’s exciting to be in a position to care for children again, and I believe Mesa Primary Care will allow me to continue to serve Casper and provide a good balance between work and family life.”
She and her husband have four children.