Sydney Rea is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner board certified in both Acute and Primary Care Pediatrics. The daughter of a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sydney was drawn to pediatric health care very early in life; her determination to become a neonatologist at 5 years old shifted after shadowing a pediatrician. After 11 years of caring for kids as a pediatric nurse (Inpatient, PICU, Peds Sedation, Preop, and PACU), Sydney transitioned to the provider role. She treasures the opportunity to directly care for kids, as a Primary Care Provider for kids from the cradle through college (birth-21 years old) while also meeting the needs of children, teens, and young adults struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating. Sydney loves to promote health and wellness by learning about her patient’s values and goals as she provides compassionate, evidence based care.
Sydney’s extensive clinical experience includes school based primary care, a pediatric primary care immersion and several rotations in a variety of pediatric inpatient and subspecialty departments including cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology, child development and rehabilitation as well as a dedicated pediatric eating disorder clinic.
November of 2018, Sydney began her final clinical rotation, seeing patients on a weekly basis under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Paula Koeller (Adolescent Medicine). Upon completion of her doctorate program at OHSU and Dr. Koeller’s retirement, Sydney assumed care of Dr. Koeller’s patient panel June of 2019. Sydney’s work with those struggling with an eating disorder is founded on the following:
- Similar to having early stage cancer, having "a bit" of an eating disorder qualifies someone as being sick enough and deserving of care
- Dr. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED and the Academy for Eating Disorders "9 Truths About Eating Disorders" (https://www.aedweb.org/publications/nine-truths)
- Getting the right level of care at the right time optimizes the chance of full recovery in the most therapeutic manner
To rest and recharge, Sydney enjoys quality time with family and friends, hiking, skiing, as well as curling up with a good book. In her spare time, she delights in serving children and families who have been involved with the foster care system through a variety of non-profit organizations.
- School Based Health, Cesar Chavez School, K - 8 grade, 2019
- Pediatric SSU/PACU/Anesthesia Support Nurse, Providence St. Vincent Pediatric Surgery, 2018 - 2019
- Relief Charge Nurse, Pediatric ICU Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2017-2018
- Core Charge Nurse, Pediatric ICU, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2015-2017
- Staff Nurse, Pediatric ICU Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 2013-2015
- Staff Nurse, Inpatient Pediatrics, St. Vincent Medical Center, 2008-2012
- Oregon Health and Science University, Doctor of Nursing Practice & Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, 2017-2019
- Oregon Health and Science University, Master of Nursing Science, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care, 2016-2018
- University of Portland, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2004-2008
- IAEDP Core Curriculum, February 2019
Licensure and Certification
- Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care, 2020 - Present
- Certified Nurse Practitioner - Primaary Care 2018 - Present
- Registered Nurse, 2008 - Present
- Certified Pediatric Nurse, 2010 - 2020
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- BLS for Healthcare Providers
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