Danica Parkin, a descendent of the Sinixt Indian Band, was raised in Chewelah, Washington. After high school, she earned a Bachelor of Arts at The Evergreen State College. There, she found her way to nursing after completing her doula training at Seattle Midwifery School and working as a medical assistant at Evergreen’s campus health clinic. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washington State University’s College of Nursing in 2010 and completed a Master of Science in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2012. Since then, she has provided care for individuals across the age spectrum in public and community health settings. Danica is particularly passionate about providing care for pregnant and parenting families of all backgrounds. Specialty experience includes the diagnosis and treatment of latent and active tuberculosis in adults and children.
Danica is a part-time clinical faculty member at Washington State University’s College of Nursing, sharing her passion for Community Health Nursing. She is currently a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioner Group of Spokane. As a family nurse practitioner, Danica seeks to empower patients and families to steward their own physical and mental health. She views herself as a partner and ally in the patient and family’s health – providing information and assisting them to make the best decisions for their child and family, while seeking to strengthen her patients’ connections to their families, communities, and cultures.
Danica enjoys living with her husband, two children, dog, cat, and chickens in the West Central neighborhood. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Salish School of Spokane, a native language immersion childcare center and private school. Her hobbies include exercise, baking, reading, crafting, doula-ing, and writing to-do lists.