Our Friendly Staff
Jordan Creek Family Health Care is owned by April L. Sapp, DNP, NP-C, a certified family nurse practitioner. Dr. Sapp has over 25 years of experience in the nursing profession, ten of those years in Emergency and Flight Nursing, and clinical experience as a certified nurse practitioner since 2005. Dr. Sapp graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Durham with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Dr. Sapp furthered her education graduating Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Sapp continued her education through pursuing her doctorate degree from Touro University in Henderson, Nevada. She graduated in November 2010 with her Doctor of Nursing Practice.
About Nurse Practitioners (NP's)
Nurse Practitioners are licensed independent practitioners who provide primary and/or specialty nursing and medical care in ambulatory, acute, and long term care settings. They are registered nurses with specialized advanced education and clinical competency to provide health and medical care for diverse populations in a variety of primary care, acute, and long term care settings. Masterís, post masters, or doctoral preparation is required for entry level practice (AANP, 2006) which includes didactic and clinical courses designed to prepare graduates with specialized knowledge and clinical primary care competencies.
The NP scope of practice includes blending nursing and medical services for individuals, families, and groups. NPs diagnose and manage acute and chronic conditions and emphasize health promotion and disease prevention. Their services include, but are not limited to ordering, conducting, and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests; prescribing pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic therapies; and teaching and counseling. They practice autonomously and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to manage patients' health needs.
The NP practice model emphasizes both patient and family education. The NP provides health education and utilizes community resource opportunities for the individual and/or family. Additionally, the NP facilitates patient participation in self-care. This s done by the NP providing information needed to make decisions and choices about promoting, maintaining, and restoring health. The NP will also consult with other appropriate health care personnel and utilize health care resources as patient care dictates. NP's promote optimal health and provide continually competent care in a safe environment.
NPís also are filling a gap in family health care. As our nation faces future challenges of an aging population, rising health care costs, and the growing burden of chronic disease, NPís bring strength to the health care work force.
April L. Sapp, DNP, NP-C
April began her career as a family nurse practitioner at Jordan Creek Family Health Care, a nurse practitioner owned business. This family practice experience allowed Dr. Sapp to develop skills in many areas. Dr. Sapp has a full range of medical experience treating patients of all ages. She is caring and compassionate. She obtains great enjoyment form her work and this is evident in the care she provides. She is a current member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Nurse Practitioners, and the Alaska Association of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, Dr. Sapp is an active member of the Alaska Army National Guard. With this commitment, she travels monthly to her unit in Anchorage to perform physical exams to keep the soldiers of the Alaska Army National Guard physically fit and ready for deployment. She enjoys an active lifestyle and spending as much time as possible outdoors with her husband, daughter, and two sons. Additionally, Dr. Sapp enjoys aviation and has obtained her private pilotís license.
Karen Smith, FNP-C
Karen is a family nurse practitioner who has lived in Juneau, AK, since 2015. She graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2004 with Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society. Her nursing experience encompasses hospital-based care in cardiology and medical/surgical nursing, recovery room, home health, wound care, and plastic surgery including intraoperative care. She created the program and became a licensed tattoo artist for nipple and areola tattooing after breast reconstruction. She created the Pink Promise Parade for Susan G. Komen Foundationís Race for the Cureģ. She graduated from University of Mississippi Medical Center with Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014.
Particular interests of practice are pediatrics, womenís health including intrauterine device (IUD) insertion and removal, wound care including wound vac therapy, and musculoskeletal injections for the knee, hip, elbow, and shoulder.
Karen enjoys Wearable Arts where she has participated since 2018.
Keith Thompson, Massage Therapist
Keith has been a practicing massage therapist for seventeen years and has been practicing in Juneau for more than ten years. His modalities include Myofascial release, Neuromuscular therapy and Swedish massage. Keith uses these three types of manual therapy to affect chronic pain caused by surgery, repetitive use injury and work and lifestyle habits. Keithís goal with every session is to relieve pain and educate his clients on ways they can change their patterns of movement to be more pain free in their daily lives.