2005 Heaston, Sondra
2005 Graduate Sondra Heaston

Sondra Heaston NP-C, CEN, CNE; family nurse practitioner track; associate teaching professor in the BYU College of Nursing; FNP, Premier Family Medical Urgent Care; Provo, Utah. Sondra currently serves on the college’s alumni board as the faculty member representative and Student Nurses’ Association faculty advisor. She recently served on the National Emergency Nurses Association Annual Meeting Planning Committee and has membership in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Utah Nurse Practitioners Association (UNPA), and Emergency Nurses Association. Her past recognitions include Distinguished Leadership Awards for Service as Utah State Council President from the National Emergency Nurses Association (2012, 2013); the Karen O’Neil Endowed Advanced Practice Scholarship from the Emergency Nurses Association Foundation (2003); and Emergency Nurse of the Year from Utah Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (2001).

BYU has opened so many doors with many opportunities. Two weeks after graduation with my masters degree, I started teaching at BYU. While a nurse practitioner student I had the opportunity to go to Ecuador, and I continue to have that opportunity in taking nursing students. I loved working as an emergency department nurse, so I was so happy to find a job as an urgent care nurse practitioner in a nearby facility.

Rena D. Holverson (AS ’78, BS ’81); family nurse practitioner track; Park City, UT.

Cory A. Kartchner; family nurse practitioner track; NP-C, pediatric critical care services, Primary Children’s Hospital; Saratoga Springs, UT. Cory has been married for almost 18 years. He and his wife have five children between ages two and 14. He has been heavily involved in the simulation program at PCH and within Intermountain Healthcare. When he has free-time, he loves to weightlift, play basketball, and do whatever his kids are doing.

BYU helped me develop not only a great foundation of clinical knowledge but also the confidence in myself to accept challenges in my career. Without the support of my classmates and professors, I don’t know if I could have made it through a full-time graduate program while also working full-time and having a wife and children at home. In other words: I could not have graduated and become a nurse practitioner without the support and help of this program.

Allison J. LeBaron (AS ’79); family nurse practitioner track; American Fork, UT.

Karlen Beth M. Luthy DNP, FNP-c; family nurse practitioner track; associate professor,in the BYU College of Nursing; FNP, Hillside Medical Clinic in Salem; Santaquin, UT. Beth earned a DNP from Rush University. In an effort to teach others about the need for immunization, she wrote a children’s book called Michael’s Superheroes. She has received the following recognitions: Excellence in Clinical Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Iota Iota At Large Chapter (2015); Utah Nurse Practitioner Association (UNPA) Excellence in Research (2014); Utah Nurse Practitioner Association (UNPA) Excellence in Education (2013); Friends of Public Health, Utah County Commissioner (2012). She is married with two sons and two perfect daughters-in-law. Most of her free time is spent in Moab, Jeeping with her husband and family.

BYU prepared me to be a life-long learner. It also prepared me to evaluate the literature to identify best practices.

Gina Taylor Madsen (BS ’03) NP-C; family nurse practitioner track; FNP, MinuteClinic; San Tan Valley, AZ. Gina is married with three children. She enjoys playing the piano, reading, skiing, and playing with her kids.

BYU gave me a solid foundation for lifelong learning. I am incredibly grateful for the friendships made with fellow students as well as faculty members, and I value those relationships greatly. My education and experience gained at BYU has afforded me a very rewarding career as a Nurse Practitioner. I have been able to help and serve patients in various healthcare settings including as a hospitalist, in a pre-surgical testing center and now at MinuteClinic. However, my experiences at BYU have benefitted me most as a wife, mother, friend, and neighbor and for that I will be forever grateful.

Kimberly C. Mortenson; family nurse practitioner track; NP, Amara Day Spa; Lehi, UT.

Sarah L. Smith; family nurse practitioner track; NP, Revere Health; Highland, UT.

Katie J. Walker (BS ’02); family nurse practitioner track; Mountain View, CA.

Angela M. Williams (BS ’02); family nurse practitioner track; Draper, UT.

Kristen D. Wright FNP-C; family nurse practitioner track; NP, Canyon View Women’s Care; Spanish Fork, UT. Kristen is also an adjunct faculty member in the BYU College of Nursing. One of her favorite parts of nursing is connecting with people by addressing physical and emotional issues and helping patients find ways to heal and live more fulfilling lives. She loves to serve and educate–not only on a one-on-one basis in her office, but through teaching students, community members, civic groups and adults at BYU Education Week.

My career as a nurse practitioner is so rewarding! I get to help make a difference in the lives of so many people every day…and be a mom! Despite the bumps and turns in the road, life doesn’t get much better.

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Guided by the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we exemplify the Healer’s art by: leading with faith and integrity; advancing the science of nursing and healthcare; promoting health and wellness; alleviating suffering; and serving individuals, families, and communities. The mission of the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University is to learn the Healer’s art and go forth to serve.