Megan Power, ARNP

Central Washington University scored when it hired Scott Power to be defensive coordinator for the Wildcats football team. So did Kittitas Valley Healthcare, although that has nothing to do with tackles, interceptions or blocked punts.

Power brought along his own “special team” – wife Megan and their three children ages 2, 4 and 6. “The kids and I go to every home game and some away games,” she says. “They love watching their daddy coach.” So does Megan, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) who joined on at KVH Family Medicine – Ellensburg.

“I love kids and I know how it feels to be a mom who worries about her kids. I feel like it gives me a special connection with worried parents,” says Power, who works a three-day-a-week schedule to accommodate her active family.

She also loves women's health and behavioral health. “The most rewarding part about my job is when I can see I'm making a difference in someone's life, whether it's finding the right medication, talking with them to ease their minds or just making their day a little brighter,” Megan says.

Born and raised in Indiana and always physically active, she ran cross country and track in high school and college, earned a degree in exercise science with a minor in sociology at Hanover College and went on to work as a personal trainer, teach Pilates and run marathons while working in marketing for an insurance company.

When the latter wasn’t working for her – “corporate wasn't my thing,” she says with a smile – she turned to nursing. “My mother was a nurse,” she says, “and working in a medical field was always in the back of my mind.”

She and Scott, who met at Hanover and have been together fifteen years, were living in Indiana when she enrolled in a dual program to earn a nursing diploma at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing while completing a bachelor of science in nursing at St. Joseph's College.

By the time she was finished, Scott was coaching in Waverly, Iowa and she followed him there. For three years she worked as an emergency room RN while completing her masters degree in nursing.

Her first job after passing her ARNP certification test was at an urgent care clinic in Waverly where she still remembers the role she played in the life of a male patient with no insurance. “He couldn't afford the care I thought he needed but he could afford to come to our clinic. So I felt like I made a difference in his life,” she says voicing what is a recurrent theme when she talks, often passionately, about her work.

As for living in Kittitas County, it didn't take long for the family to feel at home, Megan says. “The mountains are beautiful and the people are nice,” she says. “There's a real sense of community here. It's a small town feeling. My children go to the same day care as a lot of other KVH employees' children do. I've heard nothing but good things about KVH. It's a good place to be.”

For Power, along with the quality of life here and cheering on the Wildcats, the best part of her life is her family and the reward she feels in serving a community she loves. “I like helping people, seeing how I can make their lives better,” she says. “It's personal. That's the wonderful part of family practice. You get to know people almost like they're friends. It's very easy to get attached.”