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Advanced Practice Providers - Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) -  are rapidly becoming a health partner of choice for millions of Americans. Bringing a comprehensive perspective to health care, Advanced Practice Providers are clinicians who blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions combined with an emphasis on disease prevention and health management.


At MAVI, there may be some appointments where patients are scheduled with an Advanced Practic Provider. For instance, new vein patients have an initial, very thorough evaluation with an advanced Practice Provider so that all appropriate diagnostic testing can be ordered and the results can be reviewed by the physician prior to the next appointment that will be scheduled with the doctor. This approach is most efficient for both the health care team and the patient, but most importantly, it helps ensure that when patients are being seen in the office or hospital by one of our physicians, that is where they can devote their time and attention.


Advanced Practice Providers have completed a master's or doctoral degree program, as well as advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. Didactic and clinical courses prepare nurses with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in a variety of health care settings. Advanced Practice Providers undergo rigorous national certification, periodic peer review, clinical outcome evaluations, and adhere to a code for ethical practices. They also participate in continued learning and professional development to ensure they maintain and expand their clinical competency.


What sets Advanced Practice Providers apart from other health care providers is their unique emphasis on the health and well-being of the whole person. With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, Advanced Practice Providers support patients in making better health and lifestyle choices, which in turn can lower patients' out-of-pocket costs.


With nearly 916 million visits made to Advanced Practice Providers each year, patients report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.

Vanessa Collins

Vanessa J. Collins, FNP-BC


It doesn't take patients long after meeting Vanessa to see she has a real passion for helping others, and her clinical skills are just as impressive as her bedside manner. Vanessa is Board Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition, she has extensive experience and training in the treatment of varicose veins.


Vanessa has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University and earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Vanessa is married and the very proud mother of two little girls. She enjoys being outdoors, bicycling, and spending time with her family.

Jean Edmonds
Jean A. Edmonds, Wound Care Coordinator, ANP-BC, CWCN


Jean has extensive clinical experience in nursing and vascular wound care in a variety of outpatient and hospital settings. As an Adult Nurse Practitioner, Jean is dedicated to delivering comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients. She has a passion for, as well as additional training and experience, treating patients with wounds that don't heal with traditional treatments. Jean enjoys the challenge of these patients' oftentimes complex health histories, but most of all she is rewarded by their joy when they experience healing.  


Jean earned a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science in nursing (nurse practitioner tract) from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She currently holds the following licenses and certifications: Missouri State Board of Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner); Kansas State Board of Nursing (Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner); American Nurses Credentialing Center (Certification as Adult Nurse Practitioner); Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (Certified Wound Care Nurse).


When she isn't working, Jean thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family and friends. And whenever she has time for longer-distance travel, she takes trips to the beach. 

Melissa Flood
Melissa L. Flood, FNP-C


Melissa brings an impressive background in acute health care management to her position as a nurse practitioner at MAVI. In addition, she has prior experiences in emergency and critical care medicine. Her passion for providing patients and their families with the best possible health care experience and clinical outcomes has earned her top marks for patient satisfaction.


Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Fort Hays State University. She earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Central Missouri in 2014. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She holds a professional membership to the Greater Kansas City Advanced Practice Nurses Association.


Melissa is married and has two children. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family.

Jonica Merritt
Jonica Merritt, FNP-C


Before joining MAVI, Jonica’s varied background in acute care medicine covered the gamut from orthopedics and transplant to trauma, oncology and urology.

Jonica earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Missouri Western State University and completed a master of science degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She holds additional certification as a medical surgical nurse (CMSN).

Jonica’s recent experience as clinical nurse at a major urban teaching hospital fueled her passion for increasing and improving access to care for patients.

After work hours, Jonica enjoys spending time with her daughters, stepson and husband on their 3 acre "Funny Farm." Together they enjoy gardening, raising chickens, and spending time out on their patio with friends and family.

Rachel Schulz
Rachel L. Schulz, MSN, FNP-C, BSN


With a background in post-surgical nursing in a variety of specialties, and skills in team leadership and family education, Rachel Schulz is a compassionate and valued member of MAVI’s advanced practice care team.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders from the University of Kansas. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas Medical Center and Master of Science in Nursing (family nurse practitioner track) from the University of Missouri Kansas City - both summa cum laude.

Outside of work, the mother of three enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking with her husband, reading, gardening, and playing the piano.

Kristine Silcott
Kristine Silcott, FNP-BC


Kristine brings deep experience in pre- and post-operative care, preventive medicine and treatment planning to her position as a Nurse Practitioner at MAVI.

Kristine earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Missouri Western State University and a master's degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner from Graceland University. Before joining MAVI, Kristine was a preoperative/postoperative care nurse at North Kansas City Hospital. In addition, she holds certifications in ACLS/BLS/PALS/TNCC/TCCC/Trauma training.

As a proud member of the United State Air Force, Kristine has served in clinic nurse leadership positions in several foreign deployments and is a recognized critical medical source for more than 1,200 members of the 139th Airlift Wing.

In her free time, Kristine enjoys spending time with family, hiking, biking, camping, and playing ball with her husband, son and two dogs. 

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