My name is Amanda Van Wyk. I am an adult gerontology nurse practitioner. I joined McFarland Clinic in 2020, and I practice at the Ames cardiology clinic. I chose Cardiology because I like to help patients manage long term conditions, chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart failure. I like that the heart has a plumbing part to it and an electric part that we can work to fix. The types of services I will provide will be medication checks, if anybody has any symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, topics like that, I will be seeing patients for. A typical visit when a patient comes to see me will be checking vitals, checking your blood pressure, your heart rate, all the medications you’re on. Maybe doing an EKG if that’s needed, and we will just discuss symptoms that the patient’s having and how they’re doing and go from there. It’s very rewarding being a nurse practitioner, helping people at certain times in their life when they’re sick and watching them get better, or just helping them manage their condition so they can live their best life. “Extraordinary Care” to me means going above and beyond what is expected of you and building trusting relationships with patients to help them along their life.