Doctorate Student Stories

Family Nurse Practitioner DNP

Mark Romportl

Mark Romportl’s work at a camp for children with diabetes has had a lifelong effect on him. “It solidified my compassion for patients with endocrine disorders,” he said. That compassion—and desire to help improve the lives of those living with endocrine disorders—led him to his current position at an adult endocrinology clinic. 

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Integrative Health and Healing DNP

Teri Verner head shot

As a nurse, Teri Verner saw the benefits of less-invasive, more natural approaches to improving the health of patients, but after more than 20 years of providing care in long-term and home-care settings, it became clear to her that the medical system was focused on disease management rather than health care. 

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Nurse Midwifery DNP

Meg Workman portrait

After receiving her doctor of nursing practice degree in midwifery, Meg Workman moved to Aitkin, MN, to provide health care to women living in the northern Minnesota town of 2,200 people. “I have always imagined myself practicing midwifery in a small community,” said Workman.

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