Dana Boonstra believes treating patients should be more than treating symptoms. She takes a holistic, evidence-based approach to the care she provides and comes from a place of empathy. She’s also passionate about building relationships with her patients based on trust and open, honest communication.
Born and raised in Michigan, Dana earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Michigan and her Master of Science at Frontier Nursing University in Versailles, Kentucky. She has 25 years of critical care nursing experience with a focus on cardiac, neurological and trauma care. She spent 22 years at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene and worked for two years at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles caring for heart and lung transplant patients.
Dana is excited and honored by the opportunity to continue her nursing career as an FNP at Eugene Pediatric Associates. She knows the importance of good communication and has experienced firsthand the excellent care her children received at EPA as patients of Dr. Bradshaw. Dana sees being a provider here as “coming full circle” with the opportunity to help make an impact on the lives of her future patients and their families.
Being a parent is one of the hardest yet most rewarding things Dana has done in her life. Having two children of her own, she knows life with children is filled with ups and downs. Raising her son and daughter has helped her realize the opportunity each parent has to impact their children’s future in a healthy positive way.
Dana hits the trails as often as she can with her husband, Michael, and dog, Cedar, sometimes three or four times a week. She also likes to go backpacking. “Whenever possible, I’m out in the forest and hiking,” she says. Exploring the Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer brings her great joy.
When she’s not spending time outdoors, you can find Dana at home in her geodesic dome settling in with a good book or baking something delicious. “I’m very passionate about it,” she says. “I like to turn Billie Holiday up loud and lose myself in the music.” She also puts a lot of effort into staying in close contact with family and friends. “I think it’s important to keep and nourish the relationships you have.”