Master of Science in Nursing, University of Saint Mary
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Saint Mary
Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science, Oral Roberts University
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Osawatomie State Hospital
Veteran’s Administration Medical Center – Leavenworth Women’s Clinic
Amberwell Health – Atchison Primary Care Clinic
Michelle Cusumano, FNP-C, is a primary care provider at Amberwell Eighth Street Clinic.
As a nurse practitioner, Michelle aligns her professional approach with the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics. Michelle values each patient as an individual, considers each patient a partner in their own care, and keeps patients well informed and well educated before making decisions about their health care. In her career, Michelle makes it her mission to stay current on new treatments and techniques. This ensures patients receive competent and up-to-date care.
During her clinical rotations, Michelle discovered a passion for caring for the mental health of her patients. “Everybody struggles with something. I want to let my patients know that you can go through rough things in life, but you can turn those things around, because there’s hope,” says Michelle. “In the end, a patient may not remember the specific details of their appointment, but hopefully they will remember I made them feel valued, empowered, and respected.”
Encouraged in her lifelong love of science by her father, who was her science teacher in junior high, Michelle always took a special interest in medical science. After attaining an undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science, Michelle spent several years raising her children. Her children eventually encouraged her to return to school to pursue her dream of a medical career.
Michelle began her nursing education by earning her RN, BSN from the University of Saint Mary.
She went on to acquire a Master of Science in nursing from the same institution.
In discussing her role at Amberwell, Michelle characterizes her position at Amberwell Eighth Street Clinic as “one of the best things that ever happened to her.” She is grateful for the opportunity to care for patients of the neighborhood-style primary care clinic.
Michelle currently lives in Olathe, with her husband, two of her children (the others are adults) and a pet dove they call Baxter.
Michelle considers herself a ‘physical fitness fanatic.’ She always works exercise into her daily routine. Michelle is also an avid reader. She especially enjoys reading about exercise and fitness. Michelle and her husband find rural Kansas beautiful. They have discussed someday owning a piece of property and having an aviary.