In 2020, UF Health acquired what is now UF Health Central Florida, which encompasses UF Health The Villages Hospital and UF Health Leesburg Hospital.
We caught up with Teresa Fowler-Plotkin, one of our CRNAs at UF Health Leesburg.
A: Macomb, Illinois (picture: corn and soybean fields)
Q: Where did you earn your degree and do your training to become a CRNA?
A: I graduated in 1998 from Barry University, where I earned a Master of Science in Anesthesiology at 25 years young. My training was at Orlando Regional Medical Center. In August 2021, I received my DNP, also from Barry University.
Q: How long have you been in your current position?
A: I have worked at CFH Leesburg since 2011.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working for UF Health in Leesburg?
A: I most enjoy my colleagues and the family-like atmosphere of working at a smaller facility that incidentally has a large variety of cases and high-acuity patients.
Q: What is one professional opportunity you have had in your current role that stands out?
A: Obstetric anesthesiology — the first time in my career taking in-house call. This position has been incredibly rewarding as a provider.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not working and what are some of your professional interests?
A: My most important title is mom. My son is a very busy 15-year-old who plays travel baseball and varsity baseball. I enjoy being the Uber to him and his friends as car conversations are great teaching moments! The rest of my time is spent at home with my furry children Fred, Kinsley, Blu, and Melo.