Robin West, ARNP, FNP BC, recently opened Family Health & Wellness Center at 17201 E. U.S. 40, Suite 114, in Independence. She was previously a nurse practitioner in a Blue Springs physicians office.

What’s different about this practice is there are no physician. The focus, from a patient perspective, is the opposite of most physician practices. Traditionally doctors treat symptoms, nurse practitioners on the other hand are trained to see the whole person and “treat” the causes, as well as the symptoms. The ultimate goal is full patient recovery and minimizing relapse through patient education and encouragement.

As a nurse practitioner, West can diagnose and treat medical and psychological health conditions, she can write prescriptions and order testing as needed. And just like her primary care counterparts, she too will be referring to surgeons and specialist of all kinds.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 816-373-4600.