Accredited as a Clinical Lipid Specialist (CLS) by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology (ACCL); American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for Adult Nurse Practitioner and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.
Jessica Durham earned a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. She went on to complete a fellowship in critical care medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, and received a dual masters degree in Adult and Geriatric Health at New York University. While at NYU, she spent time in Uganda working on HIV prevention efforts.
Jessica has additional training and certification programs in lipid management. Since starting at The Polyclinic, Jessica has worked to ensure The Lipid Clinic provides a welcoming environment for patients to take an active role in controlling their own health. Her goal as a provider is to help patients set and meet realistic goals to reduce bad cholesterol, improve nutrition and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
"As an inpatient cardiology unit nurse practitioner, I was often amazed at the number of patients experiencing cardiac events. This experience inspired me to do everything I can to prevent those events before they happen. I moved to Seattle and joined The Polyclinic to pursue that goal. I’m here to partner with our patients to improve their health, not to impose a unilateral “one size fits all” plan. Each individual is different, and I think my approach reflects that.
There are no absolutes, and I do not believe in “dieting”. Instead, I encourage maintaining a well-balanced diet that each individual can maintain in the long run. Activity is vital for cardiac health. Even a small change in your activity levels can help prevent DM, optimize mental health and sleep quality, and maintain a healthy weight. I also focus on smoking cessation, sleep quality, and stress management, as these areas have a large impact on cardiac health."