Employee Spotlight: Erica Bonilla

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Erica BonillaName:  Erica Bonilla

Department: Administration

Title: Payroll Specialist

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I have worked at HPC for three months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I started off as a graveyard dispatcher who would do basic timekeeping on down time. I was promoted three months later and have been doing payroll and accounting for almost ten years now.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

Erica BonillaYes, I speak Spanish.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Hate, pride, vengeance and fear are the plague of the earth. Love, kindness, compassion, empathy and services to others are the cure.” – Chester Bennington

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are kindness, compassion, accountability and family. You have to be kind and compassionate toward others. Always take accountability for your actions.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I love football! Arrowhead stadium was my favorite experience ever, even though I am a Packer’s fan.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I’ve always loved helping others. I would love to do humanitarian work, once my kids are grown and out of the house.

What is your favorite food?

Thai food is my favorite.

What is your favorite movie?

Erica BonillaMy top three favorite movies are “The Grinch”, “Fast and Furious” and “Silence of the Lambs”.

What is your favorite hobby?

I like to craft everything! You name it and I’ll craft it…cups, shirts, ornaments, mugs, etc.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes, I have two dogs and a guinea pig. I have a mini dachshund named Lilo who is six and a Rottweiler named Medusa who is two. The guinea pig’s name is Stitch.

Employee Spotlight: Kierra Calico

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Kierra CalicoName:  Kierra Calico, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FNP-C

Department: Medical

Title: Family Nurse Practitioner

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I started at HPC in April of 2022.

How did you get into your field of work?

I had worked as a nurse for eight years and loved it, but the follow up and health promotion was missing for me. Now that I am a nurse practitioner, I am able to focus more on that!

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

No. I can understand some Spanish but cannot speak fluently. I want to learn though!

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“If you are going to pray, don’t worry. If you worry, don’t pray.”

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are family, faith, integrity, kindness and loyalty.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I lived in South Korea for two years.

Kierra's FamilyWhat is on your “bucket” list?

I would love to travel around the world, become bilingual in Spanish and join a sorority.

What is your favorite food?

Mexican food is my favorite!

What is your favorite movie?

“Sister Act 2”

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobbies are spending time with my family, taking naps, watching reality TV and shopping.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I did not grow up with pets but I would like to get a dog so that my daughter has one to grow up with.

Employee Spotlight: Perla Cardenas

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Perla CardenasName: Perla Cardenas

Department: Medical

Title: Women’s Health Coordinator

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I’ve been at HPC for a year!

How did you get into your field of work?

I started out working as a PSR and when the Women’s Health Coordinator position opened up, I took the opportunity to learn something different.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

Spanish is my first language.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.”- Coco Chanel

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are compassion, honesty and kindness.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

Perla Cardenas' FamilyI hate the ocean and I dislike hot weather!

What is on your “bucket” list?

I am very afraid of heights, but I want to skydive.

What is your favorite food?

I love any Mexican food, but I could eat carne asada tacos any day!

What is your favorite movie?

“The Blind Side”

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is watching movies with my daughter while eating Doritos.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I am not an animal lover. I used to have a beautiful English Bulldog that I loved with all my heart… but I will not have any more pets.

Employee Spotlight: Marlene Guzman

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Marlene GuzmanName: Marlene Guzman

Department: Patient Services

Title: Patient Services Representative

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I’ve worked at HPC for a couple of months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I was looking for a career change.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

Yes, I speak Spanish.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“Just keep swimming.” -Dory

What values are important to you?

I value treating others the same way that I would like to be treated.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I guess how funny I can be.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I would like to travel to Greece and Egypt.

Marlene and her familyWhat is your favorite food?

I love all kinds of food!

What is your favorite movie?

“The Notebook” is my favorite movie.

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobbies include spending time with my family, shopping, coloring and reading.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I am an animal lover!  I have two dogs.

Meet your Nurse Practitioner!

At Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) our Nurse Practitioners play key roles. They provide a full range of medical care from pediatric to geriatric and some specialty services. We greatly appreciate their quality of care and service to our patients.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is an RN who begins with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (RN-BSN). He or she then obtains a master’s degree, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or doctoral level, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Nurse practitioners may practice in broad areas including primary care, acute care and specialty care services, practicing either independently or in collaboration with a physician. Your primary care provider may be a nurse practitioner.

What does a Nurse Practitioner do?

Primary Care nurse practitioners see patients in offices or Urgent Care settings, perform routine check-ups and investigate symptoms to diagnose and treat illnesses. Their work varies from wellness visits to managing chronic complex illnesses. They order and interpret lab tests, x-rays and the full range of other diagnostic tests. From your history and test results, they form a treatment plan. Some nurse practitioners perform procedures such as biopsies, suturing of lacerations and fracture care to name a few.

What is the education and training needed to become a Nurse Practitioner?

All nurse practitioners complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and a Master of Science in Nursing (APRN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Each nurse practitioner has to successfully pass a certification exam to begin practice.

Do Nurse Practitioners specialize, or do they all practice Primary Care?

About three-fourths of nurse practitioners work in Primary Care but there are many other specialties that can be pursued. These include Psychiatry and Mental Health, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health.

At HPC our nurse practitioners play key roles. Our nurse practitioners specialize in primary care, in psychiatric services and in women’s health. We also employ nurse practitioners who are specially trained in medication assisted treatment of substance abuse.

HPC Nurse Practitioners

 

We are so grateful for our NPs at HPC. Thank you, Tony Anno, DNP, ACNP-BC, APRN; Kierra Calico, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FNP-C; Maureen Caro, FNP-BC; Eva Clark, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC; Thao Le, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC; Jennifer Miller, FNP-BC; Rebecca Turner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C; Whitney Venegoni, APRN, FNP-C; Gwenyth Wagner, DNP, APRN; and Patti West, DNP, APRN.

Please take time to thank our Nurse Practitioners for all they do for our patients. Happy Nurse Practitioner Week!

Employee Spotlight: Thao Le

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Thao LeName: Thao Le, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Department: Behavioral Health

Title:  Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I started at HPC on June 28, 2022.

How did you get into your field of work?

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to help others. I was first exposed to the field of mental health when a family member of mine experienced a brief psychotic episode when I was in high school. This sparked my interest, and due to personal experiences with my own mental health, I sought to become a provider who could treat the very same conditions.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I am Vietnamese but do not speak the Vietnamese language well. I plan to take classes in the future to learn to read/write/speak Vietnamese.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

Thao Le“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

What values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are integrity, compassion, altruism and self-reliance.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I am an introvert.

What is on your “bucket” list?

I’d like to run a marathon.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is cheese.

What is your favorite movie?

One of my favorite movies is “The Artist.”

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobbies include running, hiking, biking and playing video games.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes! I have two cats named Buya and Kyo. Buya is a domestic short-haired calico, and Kyo is a domestic short-haired orange tabby. They are both rescues, and I love them as much as I would my own child.

Thao Le - Cats

Employee Spotlight: Rachel Acuna

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Rachel AcunaName:  Rachel Acuna, RN

Department: Medical

Title: Vaccine Outreach Nurse

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC? 

I started at HPC in March of 2022.

How did you get into your field of work?

I got into my field because I finally listened to my mother! She saw the caregiver in me before I figured it out.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I speak and understand enough Spanish to get by around my husband’s family.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet.” -Edith Wharton

Rachel AcunaWhat values are important to you?

Values that are important to me are kindness, knowledge and empathy.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I worked as a roofer one summer during college. That’s 10 times harder than being a nurse!

What is on your “bucket” list?

I want to have a home on the coast in the Brittany region of France where I can spend time after I retire.

What is your favorite food?

I grew up in Tucson, Ariz. eating Sonoran-style Mexican food. It’s THE BEST!

What is your favorite movie?

“The Sound of Music”—I even named one of my dogs Julie Andrews!

What is your favorite hobby?

I love baking and reading. British mysteries are my favorite.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Absolutely! I grew up with dogs and got my first of eight Dachshunds in 1995. My husband and I currently have four Dachshunds, three of which are rescues.

30th Celebration Profiles and Reflections – Martin Bennett

Editor’s Note: In celebration of 30 years of providing quality, affordable and accessible health care, we are profiling three individuals who have graciously shared their story about their connection with the clinic. Enjoy the third and final profile.

Martin Bennett, Former HPC Patient and Board Member

Martin BennettMartin Bennett’s journey alongside Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) began as a patient, proceeded as a board member and continues as a strong advocate.

Feeling symptoms of his own not long after moving from Sioux City, Iowa to Edgerton, Kan. to care for his aging parents in the early 2000s, Bennett was referred to HPC by his father’s doctor. He established care and was soon diagnosed with psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.

So impressed by the care he received by HPC’s providers and support staff, he answered with a resounding “Yes” when asked to serve on the HPC Board of Directors. “What they did for me over six to eight years, at free or minimal charge, the least I could do was to help them,” Bennett says. “They did things for me that I never could have expected.”

As a board member, he engaged with other HPC patients and stakeholders to guide the HPC mission of providing high-quality, affordable, accessible and culturally appropriate care to all individuals regardless of ability to pay. As a Federally Qualified Health Center — typically a community-based provider of primary care to the underserved — HPC and similar organizations receive federal funding and are required to have 51 percent patient representation on their boards.

Having served as a board member for six prior years of strong HPC growth including expansion to Paola and Ottawa, Bennett has been quick to “pay it forward” when he speaks of how his HPC experience can benefit others. While working in the logistics industry, he was quick to refer uninsured associates to HPC. Many were either part or full-time who worked at warehouses fulfilling orders for name-brand or internet-based companies. They often struggled with English and didn’t have a regular primary care provider, just as Bennett didn’t years earlier.

“My primary care doctor at HPC was the best doctor I ever had,” Bennett reflects. “I have nothing but good things to say about HPC. My patient experience was excellent, from both a provider and staff perspective.”

On our 30th anniversary, HPC is both proud to have served Martin Bennett as a patient and appreciative of his service as an HPC board member.

Employee Spotlight: Heather McKinney

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Heather McKinneyName:  Heather McKinney

Department: Administration

Title: Development Director

Primary work location: Olathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I have worked at HPC for eight weeks.

How did you get into your field of work?

I was admittedly lost after leaving an engineering career, then I entered grad school and began volunteering and it all came together.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

I speak French with elementary/limited proficiency.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson—it’s the perfect tribute to my mom.

What values are important to you?

Heather McKinneyValues that are important to me are kindness, compassion, curiosity, peace, fairness, meaningful work, happiness, humor and fun.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I take ballet classes, and we even have a recital in front of an audience!

What is on your “bucket” list?

I’d love to learn how to play the guitar.

What is your favorite food?

Watermelon is my favorite food.

What is your favorite movie?

“Gleason” – A documentary about a former NFL player who was diagnosed with ALS.

What is your favorite hobby?

Yoga is my favorite hobby.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

Yes! I have two dogs. Benny is an American Staffordshire Terrier, and Milly is an American Pitbull Terrier.

Employee Spotlight: Veronica Flores

Employee Spotlight

We are very excited to highlight one of our most valuable assets, our employees! Each month, get to know the HPC team in a fun, new way.

Veronica FloresName:  Veronica Flores

Department: Administration

Title: Manager of Patient Services

Primary work locationOlathe

How long have you worked at HPC?  

I’ve worked at HPC for seven years and seven months.

How did you get into your field of work?

I brought my daughters in for a dental appointment and after that, I came in myself. I felt the need to apply at HPC because I love the mission.

Do you speak any other languages? If yes, which ones?

Yes, I speak Spanish.

Do you have a favorite quote? If yes, what is it?

“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.”

What values are important to you?

Veronica FloresValues that are important to me are family, loyalty, humility, compassion and spirituality.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I became a grandma before I turned 40 and I don’t know how to swim, but I love the beach.

What is on your “bucket” list?

It has always been on my bucket list to go on a cruise but after COVID, I am considering other options.

What is your favorite food?

Mexican food is my favorite. I could eat stuffed peppers every day.

What is your favorite movie?

“My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Pretty Woman” are my favorite movies.

What is your favorite hobby?

I love traveling, I wish I could do it more often. I also love spending time with my family.

Are you an animal lover?  If yes, how many pets do you have and what kind are they?

I don’t have any pets. As a child I was afraid of dogs and cats, so I never had one. I have a fish if that counts.