Teresa is very excited to join Access Family Medicine and work in a Direct Primary Care setting. After over 30 years as a famility practice provider, she has a following of families she has cared for over 2 or 3 generations.
Ms. Novak obtained her Bachelor’s degree in pre-med biology in 1986 at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center and received her Physician Assistant degree in 1990. Teresa began her career providing family and hospital medicine in rural Nebraska from 1990 – 1993. Since then, she has worked as a family practice provider in Lincoln, Nebraska, including 14 years of caring for families at a satellite clinic in Ashland, NE. Regarding practice style, Teresa feels a provider should have realistic expectations of those they care for. “Although we’d all like to be the healthiest version of ourselves, there are real-life obligations and time constraints that sometimes stand in the way. I don’t want to judge my patients, just as I wouldn’t want to be judged. It’s my job to help them however I can, even if it’s just little steps.” Teresa also believes that it’s important to really listen. “Many times, I can figure out a complicated problem just by paying attention to the little details my patient provides.” She also likes to use a little humor whenever possible. “No one should dread going to the doctor’s office!”
Ms. Novak is a member of the American Academy of Physician Associates and the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. In her free time, she enjoys movies, spoiling her pets, and singing/performing with her husband, Ledo.