Saltzer Health welcomes four medical providers to its urgent care team: Anne B. Blanchette, Tricia Funkhouser, Kelly Moore and Jaclyn Puga.
Anne B. Blanchette is a certified physician assistant with decades of experience serving patients in urgent care clinics, medical centers and hospitals. Most recently, she worked as an urgent care physician assistant for Primary Health Medical Group in Boise. Her previous PA experience includes Anacortes Family Medicine, Cascade Valley Hospital/Island Hospital, North Island and at the Department of Defense’s Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor, all in Washington.
Blanchette also worked as a PA Oak Harbor Internal Medicine, North/South Whidbey Community Clinic and Group Health Cooperative, Pacific Campus. She started her medical career as a PA in family practice and urgent care with FHP Inc. based in the Pacific Island of Guam.
A graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in physiological psychology, Blanchette earned a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She is a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner as well as a Gluten Practitioner and Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1.
Tricia Funkhouser is a certified family nurse practitioner. As a family nurse practitioner, she is certified to examine, diagnose, and treat patients and to measure the outcomes of their care with ongoing analysis and evidence-based strategies for improvement. For nine years, she worked as a registered nurse with St. Luke’s Health System in Boise where she managed hospital discharge and care coordination to include medication reconciliation, follow-up appointments, post-hospitalization assessment, symptom management and triage. She also worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit providing family-centered bedside care to premature infants. Her previous experience includes inpatient and outpatient care in pediatrics, women’s health, family practice, and orthopedics in Spokane, Washington, Lewiston and Portland, Oregon.
Funkhouser earned bachelor’s degrees in genetics and cell biology and nursing from Washington State University. Tricia received a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Gonzaga University. Her volunteer experience includes a medical mission to Honduras where she provided primary care, medications, supportive treatment and therapies to people in six remote villages. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, she promoted HIV/AIDS education and prevention while working with women and children in village health care clinics.
Kelly Moore is an advanced practice nurse with experience in local urgent care clinics and a hospital emergency department. Recently, she worked as a family nurse practitioner in the pediatric urgent care for Primary Health Medical Group. She also worked with patients of all ages at other clinics where she treated acute ailments, provided sports and employment physicals and provided supervision for direct admissions, specialist consultation, and acute transfers.
Moore worked for several years in the emergency department at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise where she provided medical services for acute and critical patients of all ages. Before becoming an RN, she worked for seven years as a medical laboratory processing technician and phlebotomist at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. She earned a master’s of science in nursing degree from Gonzaga University where she was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She completed bachelor’s degrees in health sciences and nursing at Boise State University.
Jaclyn Puga is a certified physician assistant. Most recently, she served as a PA at MedExpress Urgent Care in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she provided care for a variety of ailments. She also organized acute triage and transfer of high acuity patients. Her previous medical background includes work as a PA, receptionist and scribe at Family Medicine of Albemarle in Charlottesville, and as a pathology assistant at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa.
Puga earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. She completed a Master of Health Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.