Door County Medical Center has announced that Ellen Knipfer, family nurse practitioner at the Sturgeon Bay Clinic, recently started accepting patients at the Algoma Clinic.

Knipfer is bringing over a decade’s worth of diverse experience to the clinic, having previously worked on the Medical/Surgical Unit at DCMC, then in infection prevention and employee health, and more recently serving as director of the ICU and the Medical/Surgical Unit.

“After more than 10 years at DCMC, I decided to leave my job as director after completing a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner,” Knipfer said in a news release. “I’m really glad that I made that decision, because after working in internal medicine, I saw a lot of chronic illness. Now, I feel I am better positioned to help my patients make the lifestyle changes that I feel they need to make in order to address, and hopefully prevent, those illnesses.”

Better health involves getting off the couch, she said.

“It’s about getting out from behind the computer; it’s about changing eating habits. In general, it’s really about education, and nurses really are educators,” Knipfer said. “So, one of the things I’m interested in bringing to the Algoma Clinic is education – I want to teach people how, on a daily basis, to make the kinds of simple choices that will positively effect their overall health.”

Knipfer said she is interested in getting involved in the Algoma community.

“I’m looking forward to the move,” she said, “and I’m looking forward to finding out what kinds of healthy lifestyle changes are needed in the community, and how best to effect those changes.”

Knipfer, APNP, has been seeing patients at the Algoma Clinic, 815 Jefferson St., since Jan. 29. To make an appointment, call 920-487-3496.