Grace Herriman, DNP, FNP-BC

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Grace Herriman, DNP, FNP-BC

As an East Tennessee native, my time off is spent on my family’s farm with our dogs, horses, turkeys, and chickens. We hatch our own chickens every year and get endless farm-fresh eggs in return! When any of my animals aren’t feeling the best, I’m always the first one out in the field to figure out what’s going on. I’ve always cherished the personal connection built by caring for others through all of life’s moments––whether they were human, furry, or feathered––so my choice to pursue a career in healthcare came as no surprise to my family.

Starting out, I practiced as a peri-operative surgical nurse at the University of Tennessee Medical Center of Knoxville (UTMCK) after earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Tennessee Technological University (TTU) in Cookeville, TN. The passion and drive I have for helping patients soon led me to East Tennessee State University (ETSU) where I completed my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration. As a board-certified family nurse practitioner, I practiced urgent care medicine, where I witnessed the significant impact of GI conditions on a child’s quality of life. I knew then I wanted to join the interdisciplinary team that integrates insightful strategies into their practice to provide holistic healthcare for these children.

As one of the newest additions to the team of providers at GI for Kids, PLLC, I’ve had the opportunity to practice under our experienced physicians’ guidance and become knowledgeable in pediatric gastroenterology disease pathology, physical assessment, diagnostic interpretation, and therapeutic care plans. I strive to ensure Christian values, ethical clinical practice, and productive relationships with peers, patients, and families guide my everyday actions––while guaranteeing a comprehensive and culturally diverse patient-care approach. Whether collaborating with physicians and staff, focusing on patient-centered care through shared-decision making, maintaining updated medical knowledge, or handling the day-to-day operations, I ensure patients receive superior continuity of care and have the tools necessary for optimizing their ability to manage chronic and acute conditions at home!