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Meet Our Clinical Provider

Carl Willeford, Jr., MSN, FNP-C
Carl, our clinical provider, is a  Certified Nurse Practitioner with over 2o years of clinical medical experience. Carl received his B.S.N. degree from Stephen F. Austin University in 1996, and his M.S.N. from Texas Tech University School of Nursing in 2005, where he also did his Post-Graduate Certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Having served in several family practice settings, Carl brings an unusual wealth of practical medical knowledge to Nacogdoches Family Medicine. This, combined with his love for helping people feel better, is demonstrated in his compassion, caring, and professional expertise in practical medical knowledge. Outside the clinic, Carl enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in the yard. Carl is also a military veteran, having previously served our nation in the United States Coast Guard.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Certified Nurse Practitioners (FNP-C) are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease. Nurse Practitioners provide high-quality primary, acute and specialty health care services across the lifespan and in diverse settings, including patients’ homes, community-based clinics, schools, colleges, prisons, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. All Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have advanced clinical training and competency to provide health care beyond their initial registered nurse preparation. NPs have graduate education, with masters or doctoral degrees, and they bring a unique perspective to health services in that they emphasize both care and cure. NPs diagnose, treat, and manage acute and chronic illness. NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices. Since the NP role was created in 1965, over 50 years of research has consistently demonstrated the excellent outcomes and high quality of care provided by NPs. Nurse Practitioners are under the guidance of a supervising physician. Dr. Richard Baker is the Supervising Physician for Carl Willerford. If you wish to contact Dr. Baker for an appointment, you will find the contact information here.

Carl A. Willeford Jr., MSN, FNP-C Clinic Practitioner