Elizabeth Forbes, DNP, APRN
- Family medicine
- Preventive Medicine
- Health and wellness
What is your practice philosophy? I support an individualized and patient-centered approach to care. I aim to develop a trusting partnership with my patients so that together we can prevent disease and promote health and wellness within the context of each unique patient’s particular needs whether they are physical, emotional, psychological, social, and/or spiritual. I believe that a close patient-provider relationship is fundamental to exceptional care and best health outcomes.
What are you passionate about? And why? I am passionate about living an active lifestyle. By leading by example, I strive to motivate and inspire my patients to achieve their best health with me as their partner.
If I wasn’t a provider, I would be a: A hiking guide because I love to be outdoors challenging myself physically and mentally and taking in breathtaking views along the way. It’s a goal of mine to visit all U.S. national parks to do some hiking/exploring. I have been to 15 parks so far!
Why did you become a provider? When did you know this was the career for you? I have a passion for helping others and serving humanity. Our communities are in high demand for primary care providers. Becoming a nurse practitioner allows me to use my nursing background and the principles of nursing to deliver the care that is desperately needed. I believe that my nursing experience and education help me to deliver compassionate, patient-centered, and equitable care.
Something I have learned from my patients is: Each patient is unique with their own experiences, background, and health goals. Listening to their story and making patients feel heard, validated, and included in making care decisions makes them feel empowered to participate in their care and motivated to make changes to improve their health.
One of the challenges of this career that I enjoy is (and why): I enjoy the challenge of medicine because as more research is conducted, medicine improves and practices change. Following evidence-based practice guidelines requires a commitment to a life of learning. I love to learn and educate my patients about how they can improve their health.
My personal health goal is: To improve my healthy meal-planning efforts, hike in all U.S. National Parks, re-qualify for and run the Boston marathon, and join a women’s golf league.
What is the best thing you’ve done for your health or the best health advice you’ve received? I make exercising a priority by building time for it into my schedule each week. Consistently exercising has helped me to maintain my weight, feel confident and strong, avoid injury, manage stress, and improve my sleep and overall energy level.
What are you most proud of? I am proud of all that I accomplished during my graduate program. During my four years of graduate school I also trained for/ran two marathons, changed jobs, moved/learned home ownership, traveled to new places, got engaged, planned a wedding, and married to my husband.
What are a few of your personal achievements? I have run five marathons, one of which was the Boston Marathon that I qualified for in 2016. I even convinced my now husband, who was not a runner, to run Grandma’s marathon with me!
- Family medicine
- Exploring the great outdoors
- Family time
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)