Katarina is a Family Nurse Practitioner that sees CIMA patients while working in the hospital. She has been living in Lansing and working at Sparrow hospital for 7 years.
Katarina grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She showed interest in the medical field at a young age and her mother is a nurse at their small-town hospital. When Katarina was just 17 and a senior in high school, she started to work at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. She worked the acute care side and also in the Emergency Department. Katarina then entered nursing school at Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba. During nursing school, most of her training was at Marquette General Hospital. Katarina graduated in 2009 with her ADN in nursing. Her travels brought her to Houghton, Michigan where her husband was finishing his master’s degree in chemistry. There she worked in the outpatient dialysis center at Portage Hospital, where she learned to love and care for the renal population. When her husband finished graduate school they relocated to Lansing, Michigan. In Lansing, she worked for 7 years at Sparrow Specialty Hospital (SSH) as a wound and dialysis nurse. Katarina accomplished her BSN in 2014 just as her daughter was born. She then began to take on leadership roles and more responsibility. For her last two years at SSH she was the lead of both the wound and dialysis departments. Katarina continued on with schooling and graduated in 2018 with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Since graduation, she accepted a position with Capital Area Internal Medicine Associates.
Appointments, Certifications, and Positions
- ACLS certified
- BLS certified
- Member of the American Nurses Association
- Member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Team lead Dialysis/Wound Departments
- Diabetes Education Lead
Katarina is married and has one 4 year old daughter. An animal lover, Katarina has a black collie named Sadie, a golden retriever named Banjo, and a grey cat named Grace. She enjoys evenings at home with her family, camping, and the great outdoors. She goes back home to the Upper Peninsula quite often and loves to visit her family camp on Big Manistique Lake. Some of her other hobbies include: hiking, kayaking, and fishing. She also loves to attend bluegrass festivals where she volunteers at the medical tents.