Welcoming New Epilepsy NP: Aaron Summers
Providence Brain & Spine Institute
Where did you complete your medical training?
I got my Bachelors in Nursing as well as my DNP at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I then did a residency in family medicine at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.
What led you to pursue this career?
I was encouraged to pursue the role of Nurse Practitioner by my step-mother, who is now a retired ICU nurse and PhD nurse educator. As I began feeling drawn to a healing profession in my 20s, she explained to me why my personal qualities of compassion, high-level emotional intelligence, drive to learn, and commitment would translate into a fulfilling and successful career as a nurse. She was absolutely right.
How do you view your role as a provider?
That of a consistent and reliable support system for patients as they navigate complex psychosocial, emotional, and physical challenges. The experience of health is as important as the objective disease process -- as a medical provider, I strive to attend to both with compassion and expertise.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Texas and raised in Hawaii. I'm married to an amazing partner and we have a wonderful child. I have a deep love for the outdoors, specifically mountain biking, snowboarding, and surfing.