With 21 years in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, and Ambulatory Care, Laveda Lynn Roberts is a force to be reckoned with. Prior to St. Hope Foundation, she managed retail clinics, providing care to both pediatrics and adults, and owned a skilled and long-term practice. Ms. Roberts also served as an adjunct clinical professor for Texas Woman’s University in Critical Care and Trauma and lectured at NCNP on the treatment of hypertension. For much of her career, she has focused on cardiac diseases, including hypertension and cardiovascular, especially with co-morbid illness of diabetes.
Prior to nursing, Ms. Roberts had a career in financial analysis and network communications. She is married, has three adult children in Oklahoma, two chihuahuas and one cat.
What inspired you to become a physician?
Working as a nurse in challenging environments, where I saw the beginning and the end of life, I knew I wanted to have the optimal skill level to help my patients. I want to be as well educated as possible to help them.
What is your philosophy on patient care?
I am Native American, and my entire family has diabetes or heart disease. Being from a rural community, I recognized the hardship it is for patients to go to specialists. Patients want their healthcare in a warm environment, where someone knows their name and talks to them in the language they understand. My philosophy formed from the experiences I saw during my childhood. By providing education and medical care to those with a higher genetic propensity and greater socioeconomic risk of chronic illnesses, we can help them to overcome the amputations of diabetes, dialysis, CHF of chronic cardiovascular disease, etc.
What brought you to St. Hope?
The opportunity to grow and be a part of an organization that really cares!