64 | www.Ups tatePhys i c i ansSC . com | www.Hea l thL i nksUps tate. com T H E P U L S E O N UPSTATE NURSES HealthLinks Upstate has partnered with KUDZU MEDICAL STAFFING to highlight some of the Upstate’s top nurses. LURON FLEMING, MSN, PMHNP, BSN, RN Luron Fleming’s medical career began as an Army medic in the U.S. Army Reserve. After 10 years of active duty, he decided to pursue nursing. He obtained his BSN and MSN and then received a scholarship for a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. He now works for iTrust Wellness as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner “Psychiatry feels like home. My adult life has been rich in diversity, and I am not sure I would change any of it. Day by day, I feel more and more that I am in my element.” Fleming continues to serve in the Army Reserve Nurse Corps as a psychiatric/ mental health nurse practitioner. He is dedicated to listening and helping individuals navigate balancing health and well-being through the integrative medical process of prescribing medication. His advice to future nurses: “Expect excellence of yourself, but give yourself time and grace to become excellent while your efforts to increase knowledge and experience take you to that next level.” KATHLEEN DUBOST, MMS, PA-C Ever since Kathleen Dubost was little, she knew she wanted to help people. She said that another interest she always had was science. Now as a medical provider at iTrust Wellness, she assists her patients with medical treatment using evidence-based medicine while also focusing on their personal wellness. “It is always interesting hearing about another’s life experience and what has shaped people. I enjoy teaching others and am a huge believer in wellness, none of which could be achieved without a healthy mind,” she said. Dubost actually received her undergraduate degree in French, and she even worked in France, where she taught English, after earning her bachelor’s degree. When she moved back to the United States, she decided to pursue a career in health and wellness. She now provides family medicine, behavioral health and assists patients with Suboxone treatments. She works to provide her clients with the best medical treatment using evidence-based medicine while also focusing on personal wellness.