The Nurse Practitioner, Kara Diersing Clapp earned her PhD in 2005 and is Dr. Kara. "Doctor" is an educational title held by many professionals in health care. What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)? Nurse Practitioners hold advanced degrees at the Masters and Doctorate levels. They are RNs who have been trained in advanced techniques of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of many common illnesses. We have been around since 1965, but are the best kept secret in healthcare. Most NPs do not work for themselves, so chances are you have met an NP in a physician's office. We treat acute illnesses like strep throat, flu, eye infections, sexually transmitted infections, etc. We also treat chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, asthma, etc. NPs can also provide urgent care services such as laceration repairs, casting fractures, administering IV fluids for nausea and vomiting. We also do health promotion activities like mammograms, PAP smears, prostate exams, physicals (sport, school, work, DMV, etc), cholesterol screenings, etc. We also have full prescriptive privileges in the state of Utah; however, methadone and suboxone are physician only drugs. We can also do in-office procedures like toenail removals, incision and drainage of abcesses, etc.