Joining the National Spine and Pain Centers in November 2017, Talia N. Wallace NP brings more than 20 years of health care experience to the practice including serving as a United States Navy hospital corpsman.
While at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for two years, she helped to establish a women’s health clinic for gynecological examinations. She also worked for a year at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot branch medical clinic in Beaufort, S.C. Her military experience included caring for young Marines before deployment. “I took this role personally and vowed that all the skills I gained in the military would be used to benefit my patients,” she said.
Talia would go on to earn an associate degree in nursing from Norfolk State University in Virginia, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Adventist University of Health Sciences in Orlando, FL and a master’s degree in the family nurse practitioner program from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Her professional experience includes as a post anesthesia care unit registered nurse at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego, CA, U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan and the Virginia Beach Ambulatory Care Center. “My ability to teach, inspire and support the desires of my patients allows me to be a more effective advanced practice nurse,” she said. “It is very important to me to provide the patient with as much information as possible to include realistic expectations on the management of their pain.”
Talia is excited to be part of the NSPC team as staff are utilizing the latest and best interventional procedures that may stop or lessen the need for surgery requiring anesthesia.
She knows that medication management is not a one size fits all approach. “It is important to develop a treatment protocol that is customized for each patient,” she said. “Conservative treatment is my first approach to ensure the medications prescribed are the best course of action with safety parameters implemented.”
Talia aims to provide each patient with tools to empower themselves and be a steward for their own medical care. “My philosophy is one of partnership,” she said. “I will provide them with available treatment options to manage their pain so they can make an informed decision on the best course of action for their care.”
She is driven by wanting to improve patients’ quality of life. “When patient’s tell me they are able to enjoy time with their family and friends and function better in their daily activities, I know I am on the right track in improving their overall wellness,” she said.
When away from the office, Talia enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching football and traveling.
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