Sydney Rea is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Eating Disorder Medical Management as well as Primary Care and has been working at GreenField for about a year. Before coming to GreenField Sydney worked as a Pediatric Nurse for 11 years, the first five years of her career consisted of caring for patients from infancy to early adulthood at a general pediatric unit. After that, the next 4 years she worked in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she worked as the Core Charge Nurse, she then finished her last few years of graduate school while working with a pediatric surgery and sedation team. So what sparked this fascination and excitement to work in medicine? Sydney attributes her interests in medicine, and in particular pediatrics, to her mother who was a Neonatal (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse (PICU) who later became a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. This early introduction to medicine meant Sydney knew exactly what she wanted to do from a young age, Sydney recounts the first day of Kindergarten, “my teacher asked us all what we hoped to be someday, I told my teacher “I want to be a neonatologist!” From there on I was set on working in the medical field, fluctuating between interest in neonatology and pediatrics.”
Sydney was drawn to working here at GreenField because of the longer time a provider can spend working with patients directly, which allows for better communication and more individualized care. Sydney says she appreciates having the opportunity for “close collaboration with sub-specialists and other disciplines that are integral to holistic health.” She also loves that the GreenField model allows for “time to get to know our patients, their goals, values, and family.” Her favorite memory of working here at GreenField is a perfect example of this philosophy in action, “At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic I had an adolescent coming to catch up on a routine vaccination. The parent was concerned about the risk of unnecessary exposure, so I told one of our fabulous Heath Coordinators (Veronica) to offer the option of receiving the shot from the comfort of their car. Veronica didn’t bat an eye and the family really appreciated the non-traditional approach.”
Outside of work Sydney enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and participating in outdoor adventures such as hiking and skiing. Sydney also really enjoys reading and listening to audiobooks, she recommends the following books; The Power of Vulnerability, Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, & Courage by Brené Brown, The More of Less by Joshua Becker, The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker, Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.
Sydney’s Health tips:
Learn to “parent” your phone and teach your kids to do the same. Teens may hate the boundaries initially, but in the long run, they will be so grateful they were protected from the negative consequences of excessive screen time. Just as parents and children suffer if a family system lacks adequate boundaries, we suffer if we allow the constant onslaught of digital interruptions.
Take a day of rest every week. It’s an ancient concept requiring discipline and planning the other 6 days of the week (I’ve yet to perfect it!), but the research shows amazing benefits
Lastly, Sydney would like to thank “Dr. Paula Koeller for the wonderful learning opportunity and wise mentorship.” As well as, “all of the wonderful pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists who mentor and support me when questions and concerns arise.” Finally, “To the individual therapists, family therapists, registered dietitians, and psychiatry providers I share complex clients with - I could not do this without you! Each and every one of you is absolutely integral to my clients' care and journey!”