family health clinic
MARGARET A. HENSLEY, MSN, APRN, MPS
Family Nurse Practitioner
Margaret is better known as Peggy to her patients. And the alphabet soup following her name? In 1994, Peggy saw a need for health care in Santa Anna and moved forward to receive her Masters in Nursing in Family Practice (MSN), and she became nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (APRN). More recently, seeking areas in her practice and life that were missing, she went on to receive a Masters in Pastoral Studies (MPS) from Loyola University, New Orleans. This degree help her to put theology into practice. Along these same lines, she became certified in Bioethics through the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia - all humanity has value and there is great value to all of life.
LAURA PRESTON, BSN,R.N. Ret.
Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University in 1993 and has been a registered nurse for 27 years. Many of her years in nursing have been in home-health caring for and teaching patients and their families at home how to improve their health. Laura retired her licensure 2021 due to health reasons, but you can never take the nurse out of the nurse! Laura joined the Hensley Clinic team in February 2020 and provides phlebotomy services for LabEasy and the clinic, as well as patient care. She is in the office Monday -Thursday.
WHAT IS A NURSE PRACTITIONER?
NPs are trained, licensed and independent healthcare clinicians concentrating on managing patient's health conditions including treating injuries and illnesses, as well as supporting prevention. Licensed as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), nurse practitioners usually specialize, or even sub-specialize, in a specific medical specialty. Common specialty areas include family practice, pediatrics and women's health, whereas sub-specialties may be in dermatology, cardiology, oncology or behavioral health and psychiatry. Our NP Peggy Hensley specializes in family practice, focusing on the older population.
Some states and cities have differing laws and regulations that require physicians to oversee NPs, and Texas is one of those states. Gary N. Butka, M.D., an internist in Brownwood, Texas, fills this oversight position for the Hensley Family Health Clinic.