At the age of 5, Catherine Gardner was inspired by her aunts who were nurses and knew she wanted to help others by also becoming a nurse.
Gardner, a board-certified nurse practitioner, has more than 27 years of experience in nursing. She brings that wealth of experience to her new role serving alongside Dr. Kamal Anthony Shanbour at Mercy Clinic OB/GYN in Oklahoma City.
“I want to be an advocate for my patients and their families,” she said. “I believe it is important to treat patients as individuals to meet their unique needs. And, it’s important that patients know how much I care about their wellbeing.”
By joining Mercy, Gardner hopes she can inspire patients to incorporate wellness throughout their lives. She has worked in several different specialties throughout her career, but said she has special interest in labor and delivery, and childbirth education. She is also a certified fitness instructor at the Mercy Fitness Center at Edmond I-35 and YMCA in Edmond.
Gardner received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She received her certificate in women’s health from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed her preceptorship in Presque Isle, Maine. She is currently completing her master’s degree in nursing in the family nurse practitioner program at South University in Savannah, Georgia.
In her spare time, Gardner enjoys quilting, biking and participating in outdoor sports. She is married with four sons.