Karen Whittemore was born in Maryland and raised in Salt Lake City. She moved to Cedar City to go to school at SUU on a theatre scholarship. She later discovered the nursing program offered through Weber State University’s outreach program and earned her RN associates and bachelors degree and worked as a nurse on the medical/surgical floor at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City. In 1998 she earned her master’s degree in the Science of Nursing and became a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She spent 6 years in pediatrics practicing at Valley View Pediatrics and then moved on to family practice in 2006 and has been practicing at the Cedar City Clinic.
She is a singer/songwriter on the side and has recorded 2 CDs and enjoys performing with her band Love Creature. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, going for walks in the evening with her husband, and yoga.
Betty Gould is a board certified family nurse practitioner with the Family Healthcare team. She was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Southern California. Betty has a wealth of nursing experience, including industrial (occupational health) nursing, acute and emergency care, and case management. She has practiced many years across various health care settings and enjoys working with all of her patients in family medicine.
Betty likes spending time with family, gardening, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and photography.
Talaisha BrackenLCSW - Behavioral Health Consultant
Talaisha Bracken is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Arizona State University with her Master’s degree. She has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience working with children, trauma, and substance abuse. Her passion lies in helping people heal from trauma. She has had training with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR.
Mike MortensenCSW – Behavioral Health Consultant
Mike Mortensen is a Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Brigham Young University in 2018. He enjoys working with people and is experienced in Trauma, Motivation, and Crisis-intervention models of therapy. More than simply trying to solve people’s problems, Mike enjoys engaging and understanding others and helping them learn about themselves and their world. When not at work he can be found mountain biking, reading a good book of poetry, or eating (anything). He is happily married with two beautiful children.