Shirley McCulloch offers decades of experience in family, women’s, geriatric and urgent care
Family nurse practitioner Shirley McCulloch joined Western Sierra Medical Clinic’s Kings Beach-Tahoe health center in spring 2019, bringing more than three decades of health care experience to the region.
McCulloch, most recently with the Fiji Ministry of Health, has extensive experience in family and women’s health, geriatric health care including for chronic conditions, and urgent care services. She has also been a certified nurse midwife since 1985, helping women plan, prepare and deliver their babies.
“Shirley brings a wealth of knowledge to the Kings Beach community,” says Dr. Christina Lasich, Chief Medical Officer of Western Sierra Medical Clinic. “Residents in the region have a variety of health care needs, from childhood immunizations to women’s health, and Shirley can provide many of these services. In addition to her health care experience, Shirley is a very compassionate person that is dedicated to serving others.”
McCulloch serves as the primary care provider for the health center, about 20 miles east of Truckee. Patients at the health center also have access to behavioral health services, a pediatrician and a family practice physician on a regular basis.
McCulloch’s career has allowed her to cross the country, from Florida to Camp Pendleton in Southern California, and work throughout the world – for the Peace Corps in Swaziland, Africa, to a hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“I’ve always had a spirit of adventure,” McCulloch says of her globe-trotting health care career.
The experience has definitely helped expand her knowledge, including that sometimes the best medicine is not a prescription.
“I’m a strong advocate for health education and empowering the patients to take control of their health,” says McCulloch, who completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 2004.
McCulloch’s approach fits well with Western Sierra Medical Clinic’s whole person care philosophies. She often shares her knowledge in the areas of nutrition, food preparation and even yoga. McCulloch is a certified yoga instructor.
“My family lives in the area and I love the Tahoe region,” says McCulloch, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from American University and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida. “I want to have a positive influence on the community because I’ve always liked helping and taking care of people.”