Debra Short MSN, FNP-BC and her business partner and husband Larry are dedicated to bringing quality Family Medical Care to individuals and families of the Columbia Gorge and surrounding regions of Washington and Oregon.
Debra holds a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) and is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). She served as a cardiac and critical care nurse, as well as, Director for the Cardiac and Catheterization Laboratory for Salinas Hospital, Salinas California, for 30 years. She is licensed to practice medicine in Washington and California.
General Family Medicine /
Full Prescriptive Authority
PLEASE NOTE: WSFP does not accept patients for treatment of chronic pain requiring narcotics.
Gynecological exams including STD testing, urine pregnancy testing
Adolescent sports physicals and immunizations
Cryosurgery/Minor Skin Biopsies
CDL Physicals (Debra is a Registered Medical Examiner for the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration)
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, my passion is first; to provide excellent medical care to my patients and second; to help educate my patients on what they can do to stay healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
Among the most frequent questions I am asked, as a medical provider, is ” Do I need a Doctor or Physician if I use a Nurse Practitioner for my primary Care Provider?” The short answer is “no”. NPs make ideal primary care providers because of their holistic and wellness orientation that emphasizes health education, risk identification and reduction, and preventative care through lifestyle modification.
Physicians and Nurse Practitioners are similar in that they are both licensed to diagnose, treat and manage acute and chronic diseases, order and interpret labs and diagnostic tests and prescribe medications.
Basically, Physicians and NPs are different in their philosophical approach to care. Physicians focus on the study of disease. NPs, are usually skilled and experienced RNs before going on for their advanced education and training. NPs care for patients in all aspects of their lives. They can provide that perfect bridge to medical specialists and serve as your advocate for your health care.