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Nurse Practitioners make healthcare personal

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YAKIMA, Wash- When most of us need healthcare we go in search of a doctor.  But there's a growing medical field in Washington that gives patients a more personal option for their care. 

Nurse Practitioners have master's degree and sometimes a doctorate in nursing who can practice and prescribe medicine on their own.  They take an approach that's focused on not just treating patients but involving them in their healthcare.

One local healthcare provider is using that philosophy to give her patients a level of service many have never seen.

Although Raney Commet has a doctorate in nursing, her training is different than that of a traditional physician.

"Preventative care, holistic care, looking at the whole patient, education, we're going towards the same goal just in a little different way", says Commet.

Next you'll notice that unlike many doctor's offices, the staff at Best Practices takes time with each patient instead of scheduling them at 15 minute intervals, leaving them waiting for a long time and sending them off with barely any face-time with the provider.

"We need to cover our overhead but my priority is providing the best care", says Commet.

That care has truly made them a family practice for some.

"It's a one stop shop for us", says Lacey Temple.

Temple, her husband and kids are best practices patients.  She says one of her favorite things about the practice is how they empower her as a patient by explaining treatment, prevention, and even allowing her to access her medical records online.

"Says Temple I walked out of there feeling like 'wow I could do that, that was great".

She's equally impressed with the staff's follow-up after office visits.

"It was awesome to have her call me and say hey you really need to get this done, its really important for you and it just shows how much they care", says Temple.