CEO, Kelly Goodman, NP & Associates, PC
4701 Sangamore Road, Suite S207
What advice would you offer for women just starting out in your industry?
Find a mentor; gain experience under another healthcare provider and learn the intricacies of the industry. There’s been a steady decrease in primary care providers and nurse practitioners are the ones being called upon to fill the gap. We are great caregivers and can be business-minded, too.
Our practice is a clinical site for training nurse practitioners and I hope their hands-on experience here inspires their future footsteps in independent practice.
Why do you do what you do? What motivates and inspires you?
I have a zest for practicing medicine and have wanted to be a nurse since I was 5. Sometimes, I think of myself as a private investigator—I love working to positively impact patients’ lives when they come to me after being turned away by another provider uninterested in their case.
When I was 19, my older brother was in a car accident and rendered paraplegic. Watching first-hand all the medical staff, how great they were with him, motivated me to finish nursing school. Then, when I was 41, I received a stent for a blocked artery in my heart. Every day, I draw upon my own experience as a patient in the healthcare system. That perspective is what drives me as a business owner.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned during your career?
To believe in myself. When I went out on my own, independent nurse practitioner practices were rare. But you can do anything as long as you believe in it, and in yourself. Back in 2009, I hoped for my practice to reach 3,000 patients. Now, we provide quality, personalized care to 14,000.
“Every day, I draw upon my experience as a patient in the healthcare system every day… it’s what drives me as a business owner.”
BSN-RN The Catholic University of America; MSN-ACNP Georgetown University; Board Certified AANC.