Bonnie Elkhair, FNP-C, CNS is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, since 2001. She expertly provides primary healthcare services for patients older than 12 years, managing acute and chronic health problems, and promoting wellness.
Bonnie graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1999, Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist. She earned a Post Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Pittsburgh University, Pittsburgh, Kansas, in 2001. She has been named to the National Honor Society of Nursing. She is a certified First Line Therapy Lifestyle Educator.
Bonnie views health and wellness as holistic, a life balance involving one’s whole body, mind, and spirit, within one’s family, culture, and environment. Her approach to wellness is through prevention of disease, and through early detection of disease. She offers in-depth patient interviews, comprehensive lab reviews, counseling, education, prescription medications and/or dietary supplements when needed, and referrals to specialists when needed, to assist patients in achieving their individualized health goals.
She has worked in healthcare since 1981, initially in hospital nursing in Oklahoma City, including eleven years on the open heart surgery team at Integris Southwest Medical Center. She has previously provided primary care services in multiple settings, rural health clinics in Kansas and Oklahoma, Indian health with Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Veteran’s health with the Tucson VA, and in private clinic settings including previously at Choices Integrative Healthcare of Sedona, 2002-2003. Bonnie’s special interests include wellness, aging, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancers, male and female hormone balance, osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and psychiatric wellbeing.
Bonnie’s patient outcome scores and patient satisfaction scores have been consistently high throughout her career. She has previously worked as solo clinic provider successfully serving a panel of several hundred patients. She has previously worked on patient centered medical teams, as the sole primary care provider in collaboration with psychiatrists at Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System in Tucson, where she managed primary care problems such as diabetes and hypertension, for hospitalized patients undergoing inpatient treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder . She is a Red Cross volunteer, and provided urgent care to walking wounded victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. Her interest in natural healing and Complementary Alternative Medicine has its roots in her childhood experiences growing up on a small farm in Mustang, Oklahoma, where she observed life cycles thriving with use of natural remedies rather than with visits to doctors or veterinarians. She enjoys offering her patients a variety of choices when making their healthcare decisions.