Laura Vasquez is a nurse practitioner who will support Medical Director, Lucas Tims, ND, FABNO at the Overland Park location of the Riordan Clinic. Her focus will be on Integrative Oncology and other complex conditions. She will provide support to patients in all phases of their treatment.
Laura was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and received her first bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Missouri State University. She later received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from William Jewell University. In 2017 Laura completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Central Missouri and became a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
In her nursing years, Laura worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Saint Luke’s Health System managing critical care patients with multiple comorbidities and cardiac disease. As a nurse practitioner, Laura specialized in preventive cardiology focused on helping patients achieve metabolic wellness and reduce disease states such as obesity, diabetes and, vascular inflammation. Laura provided her patients with education, support, and specialized medical plans that included conventional and integrative protocols to reverse disease and prevent further damage.
When Laura was in her early 20’s, she developed an interest in integrative health modalities. She learned more about alternative health principles through continuing education courses, research, and by incorporating new healing techniques into her own life. Over the years, her passion for integrative health has continually grown as she sees the value of natural therapies in the changing landscape of modern medicine.
Laura pursued further training in functional medicine and incorporated the principles into her practice. Her experience includes helping patients with a variety of chronic diseases through in-depth lab testing and treatments such as bio-identical hormone replacement and IV nutrient therapy. She helps her patients heal from chronic disease by looking at underlying contributors like inflammation, infections and environmental toxins. Laura has vast experience with intermittent fasting, ketogenic diet plans, lifestyle education, accountability programs, and IV nutrients and antioxidants. In January, 2022 Laura will complete her certification in The Metabolic Approach to Cancer Program.
Laura is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, The Institute for Functional Medicine, and The Society for Integrative Oncology. In 2014 she received Saint Luke’s Health System’s Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award. In her role as a cardiology nurse practitioner, Laura was recognized in 2019 as a member of the top 10% of providers nationwide for excellence in patient satisfaction by Press Ganey Associates.
Laura desires to provide patient-centered care aimed at bridging the best of both worlds of medicine, and to provide hope and healing for the patients who receive care at the Riordan Clinic.
While not pursuing her passions in medicine, Laura’s first love is spending time with her blended family of 6 children and her husband, Jorge. They enjoy cooking food, playing sports and having a home full of non-stop energy.