Yes! The rumors are true! I am a motivated, highly organized, people person! My name is Donna Nelson and I have been the Clinical Supervisor for the Gastrointestinal Center in the Center for Advanced Medicine since 2003.
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I married my High School sweetheart who enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1975. We have a daughter and son, who both completed their Masters Degrees and have blessed us with beautiful grand children.
I am a founding member of the local chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club. I ride a Yamaha V-Star 950. This is a national organization whose mission is to educate the public about the rich history of the Buffalo Soldiers. We support local charities, offer a scholarship, and are very active in our communities.
My other passions include fishing, traveling, and spending quality time with my grandchildren. I graduated from the Western College of Allied Health Careers in Sacramento, California in 1977, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I am the wife of a military member, and over the course of our 26 year career we’ve made many moves which resulted in me changing jobs quite often. It has been an interesting life. I worked as a Medical Assistant in California, Alaska, Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Dakota, Illinois and Missouri. No matter where I found myself, I managed to find a position where I was able to make a positive contribution and hopefully, a lasting and positive impression.
During a seven year stay in Fairbanks Alaska, I was employed at the Tanana Valley Clinic, supporting three Gastroenterologists. During that time, I was honored to be recognized as the clinic’s first "Employee of the Year". While stationed in Seoul, Korea from 1995 to 1997, I attended the University of Maryland majoring in Psychology while working at the Department of Defense’s Seoul American High school.
Shortly after moving to Illinois, I worked with Rebecca Aft, MD in Fairview Heights. Unfortunately, after one year the Fairview Heights, Illinois Satellite Clinic closed. Dr. Aft encouraged me to seek a position with Washington University at the main campus in St. Louis. I was hired here as a Medical Assistant in the Gastrointestinal Center. I was promoted as the supervisor six months later. We have a wonderful team on here in the Gastrointestinal Center and we take great pride in working as a cohesive team along with the other centers on the 8th floor. Our motto is OFOTOM. One Floor, One Team, One Mission.