(Nichole Petterson, APRN, FNP and Leif Petterson, APRN, FNP — Care family medicine providers at Mosaic Medical in Redmond | Photos Courtesy of Mosaic Medical)
Founded in Prineville in 2002, Mosaic Medical — then known as Ochoco Health Systems — has expanded throughout the region over the last two decades. The first of three Redmond locations, Lynch Elementary School-Based Health Center, opened in 2012, followed by Redmond Clinic in 2013 and Redmond High School-Based Health Center in 2015.
With doors open to all regardless of age, race, religion, country of origin, language, gender, ability, sexual orientation, income or insurance status, Mosaic’s Redmond Clinic offers a complete range of healthcare including medical, dental, behavioral health, nutrition, clinical pharmacy and support with connecting to community services.
New additions to the team, Nichole Petterson, APRN, FNP and Leif Petterson, APRN, FNP-C moved with their two young daughters to Central Oregon to join the dedicated Redmond staff. Both bring compassion and valuable skills as providers to Mosaic.
Please read the following short Q & A with Leif below to learn a bit more about how he views Redmond, Mosaic and his work.
Q: What drew you and your family to Central Oregon?
A: Family and lifestyle. We are happy to now be close to a wonderful set of grandparents which has been a joy with a young family. Of course, the outdoor recreation opportunities in the area were a huge draw for us. Having lived in mountain towns in the past we just prefer to be outside and active. It is so nice to be in Central Oregon where everyone shares the love for the mountains and open spaces.
Q: What has surprised you most about the Redmond community?
A: The diversity of people we encounter on a day-to-day basis is surprising. From rural ranchers and multi-generational Central Oregon families to newcomers from all across the country and abroad — Redmond, as a growing community, has something for everyone.
Q: What inspired you to practice medicine?
A: While I enjoyed studying economics and philosophy as an undergraduate and thought I would move towards academia, I found myself wanting to make a more measurable positive impact on people’s lives. Medicine offers this in a way that few other professions can. Turns out it is a good fit for me because I love what I do.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about your work at Mosaic?
A: Finding a way to build trust with my patients by meeting them where they are and getting some good work done to improve their health and overall well-being. Sometimes patients have been alienated by the medical establishment in the past (be it from lack of insurance, immigration status, distrust or negative stigma), and finding a way to connect and make meaningful changes is very rewarding to me.
Q: If there was one thing about Mosaic in Redmond that you would like everyone to know, what would that be?
A: No matter who you are or what you need, we are in a position to help you.
Mosaic Redmond locations:
- Mosaic Redmond Clinic: 1250 SW Veterans Way, Suite 120
- Redmond High School-Based Health Center: 657 SW Rimrock Way
- Lynch Elementary School-Based Health Center: 1314 SW Kalama Ave, Room B
Note: All Mosaic School-Based Health Centers are open to any youth up to age 18. You do not need to be a student at the school to access Mosaic pediatric services there.
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