Kelly Zopfi seeks out challenges. Throughout her career she has worked as an operating room technician, an operating room and intensive care nurse, a nurse practitioner (N.P.) in bariatrics and now serves as an N.P. in pain management.
"I've been told by others, in terms of the fields I've worked in, I just keep taking on one challenge after another," Kelly said. "But I feel like the patients I see are underserved, and I can help them."
Now, Kelly faces the challenge of helping patients, who have had limited success with previous treatments, deal with chronic pain.
"A lot of these patients have been in pain for a long time, so they may be frustrated," Kelly said. "I strive to treat my whole patient, not just their pain, but other pieces of life affected by the pain experience, like mood, sleep, diet and social life."
Kelly enters work each day with a simple mindset: "It's time to help some people today."
With patients, Kelly strives to be kind, empathetic, a good listener and provide a patient-centered approach to care.
Kelly earned her bachelor's and graduate nursing degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner.
Kelly is married with two children, who are now adults. She enjoys travelling to national parks and wildlife refuges with her husband and playing, singing and listening to music. Recently, Kelly has taken an interest in bird watching and preservation of the songbird population.