“We are happy to welcome our newest provider, Dr. Caitlin Britt Schwartz, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C to the practice. She has been with us since June as the first participant in our Becoming Entrepreneurial in Private Practice Residency Program. It’s not easy to start out on your own and our goal is to provide the practice model, mentoring, training and support to assist new nurse practitioners to be successful with their dream,” said Margaret L Larson, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, owner of Larson Family Medicine & Medical Aesthetics.
Caitlin Britt Schwartz, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, was raised in Birmingham, AL. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing and began her career on a Burn Intensive Care Unit.
Became captivated by the regenerative properties of skin and pursued her passion to train in medical and cosmetic dermatology in New Orleans, LA. Committed to providing exceptional evidence-based care, Caitlin graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Loyola University New Orleans and received the Scholar Award for her socially progressive research in skin cancer prevention using photo-aging technology.
She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, and the Dermatology Nurses’ Association. Caitlin has a deep-rooted affinity for playing tennis and hiking with her husband, wearing her signature scent (sunscreen!), and curating a personalized plan with her patients to elevate their confidence and enhance the health and vitality of their skin. Now accepting new Medicare patients.
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Get to know Dr. Schwartz with a few Q&As:
Q: Dr. Schwartz, what is it that drove you to go into nursing and continue on to be a nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree?
A: I wish I could say nursing was my childhood dream finally realized (after all, who doesn’t love a good story), but the truth is I wanted to be a construction worker, ice-cream truck driver, professional tennis player, marine biologist, National Geographic photo-journalist, and neuroscientist before I, thankfully, became a family nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree. I owe my parents everything — they raised me to be positive, inquisitive, genuine, and driven. Naturally, the culmination of my interests piqued in a Human Anatomy and Physiology class where I learned the intricacies of the body’s strength and fragility. I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to walking through this balance with others.
Q: What are you passionate about in your chosen profession?
A: As a nurse practitioner, I am attracted to the dynamism in my field — medicine changes and evidence-based practice evolves. Earning my doctorate degree allows me the opportunity and responsibility to bring cutting-edge modalities to my patients to optimize and empower their own lives. I’m grateful for this privilege and never take it for granted that my patients choose for me to be a part of their journey.
Q: What was your focus for your doctoral research?
A: I’ve always been drawn to skin (the largest organ in our bodies) and the importance of its health and vitality. My doctoral research focused on showing adolescents and college-aged students the cumulative damage ultraviolet (UV) radiation imposes on one’s appearance and health over time. Using photo-aging technology, my participants could compare their facial appearance up to 25 years in the future with and without sunscreen and indoor tanning. Notably, 90% of the visible signs of aging (think wrinkles, pigmentation, sagging) are due to UV radiation, which is 100% preventable with sunscreen and indoor tanning avoidance! It was rewarding to show people that creating healthy skin habits today will keep them looking younger for longer and decrease the likelihood of getting a deadly skin cancer in the future. I was excited when my research received first place at a national dermatology conference this year and published in the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association. The major takeaways: Wear sunscreen (every single day), stay out of the tanning bed, and get a yearly skin exam to check your moles!
Q: What brought you to the Pacific Northwest?
A: I wanted to connect with my Norwegian heritage and I love lefse and lingonberries! While this is true, my husband and I moved to the PNW for his Orthopedic Surgery residency program at Madigan Army Medical Center. We’re elated to experience this part of the country together and are always taking suggestions for the best hiking trails!
Q: What is your approach to providing care to patients and services you provide?
A: If you’ve ever sat in a room with me, you’ll know that I will treat you the same as I would my own family. Growing up in Alabama, I like to say that “I’ve never met a stranger” and I strive to bring this warmth and confidence to my practice. You’ll leave your appointment with a personalized plan to meet your goals for aging gracefully and, most importantly, look naturally like you but more refreshed! I’m excited to bring my knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm to Larson Family Medicine & Medical Aesthetics and be a part of this fantastic team.
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