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By Marlana Smith
In 2020, Allison Peoples-Shaw expanded Peoples’ Clinic to a new location in Shelbyville. Shaw started serving the community after purchasing the clinic from Carol Timmons in December of 2019.
Shaw recently hired Ashley Lanpher as a nurse practitioner to assist in her practice.
“I am thankful to continue my nursing career as a nurse practitioner in this rural area I have called home my entire life,” said Lanpher.
Ashley has been a student with Shaw for over a year.
“She always got great reviews and is so warm and personable that she makes people feel really comfortable around her,” Allison added. “I really love that everyone that works at the clinic is from Shelby County and we have a strong sense of community and accessibility.”
Ashley said she didn’t always know she wanted to be a nurse.
“It wasn’t until I was 25 and had started a family,” Lanpher said. “I had always liked helping and caring for others so I decided a career in nursing was something I would be passionate about.”
Ashley and her husband Jeremy along with their four children reside near Shelbina.
Lanpher received her associate degree in 2013 from Moberly Area Community College. She then began working in long-term care providing care for geriatric patients.
“It has been a great experience learning the importance of medication management with multiple health conditions,” Lanpher added.
Lanpher said she has had the opportunity to expand her nursing skills in a more acute healthcare setting.
“Her experience and knowledge are going to be a great asset to our patients. She has a strong geriatric background which is important for our aging community, but with four kids of her own she does a great job with the kids as well,” Shaw said.
In 2020, Lanpher received her master’s degree in nursing at Maryville University.
Lanpher previously worked at Salt River Community Care in Shelbina for nine months while finishing school. She said she will still work there sometimes, if needed.
“I am excited to have the privilege to give back to this great community by providing access to healthcare and same-day appointments at People’s Clinic,” Lanpher added.