Functional Medicine of Alaska
- Medical Clinic
About Kristen L. Coletti Giesler
Kristen is a wife, mother of 5 home schooled children, and nurse practitioner caring for patients from birth to geriatrics as both a certified family and emergency nurse practitioner. She is also a certified functional medicine practitioner. Kristen has been practicing in Alaska since 2010.
Kristen began her career as a family nurse practitioner in rural Alaska in the National Health Service Corp. It was a great experience, but it also had its challenges. It is a sink or swim environment where she had to adapt and overcome obstacles. Kristen delivered babies on the fly and picked up patients on the side of a dirt road after a fire by herself and functioned in situations she never learned about in the academic world. She utilized equipment that was old or simply not available. It’s amazing how much you can do with an x-ray machine and a moderate level lab. Kristen had to utilize assessment skills to stay ahead of the patient’s trajectory calling for flight teams before they deteriorated. Getting creative with sleep schedules when you are the only provider for days, weeks, and sometimes months, she learned to rely heavily on the resources that were available. Kristen is the Alaska state representative for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners. She helped write the AANPCP emergency nurse practitioner exam to certify family nurse practitioners working in emergency medicine. She is also the 2018 Mrs. Alaska-America Pageant Diplomat.