Entira Family Clinics in West St. Paul welcomes Crystal Milan, FNP-C

Crystal Milan, FNP-C

The caring family clinic in West St. Paul has added a new member to its team of experienced providers. Family nurse practitioner Crystal Milan was hired in October and is quite happy with her new job.

“This was an amazing fit, and I knew from the moment I met the providers that work here at the West St. Paul clinic that this was the job for me,” she says. 

The Entira Family Clinics have 12 locations in the St. Paul metro and offer a full range of care services like sports medicine, family medicine, women’s and men’s health, geriatrics, diabetes education, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and behavioral medicine. 

Crystal’s devotion to helping others through medicine began early in her life.

“My journey in healthcare actually started when I was in high school,” she says. “I worked as a volunteer first responder for the volunteer community ambulance.”

She explains that she grew up in the small town of Orr in northern Minnesota where all of the firefighters, paramedics and ambulance crews were volunteers from the community. 

“I really admired the dedication, commitment and absolute care that these volunteers had for all of the community members,” she says. 

After graduating from high school, Crystal worked with M.S. patients in group homes while she pursued her nursing degree at the College of St. Scholastica. After finishing school she worked at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. 

After five years at Children’s it was time for a change. 

“It was always my dream to do travel nursing and I thought I should do it before I finished school,” she says. 

She pursued her dream and moved to San Diego for a year to work at Rady Children’s Hospital with a travel-nursing program. 

When she returned to Minnesota, Crystal made the decision to gain more experience working with adults as she was planning on a career in family medicine. She began pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing, again at the College of St. Scholastica, in family practice and landed a position in the emergency department at Fairview hospital.

Shortly after finishing up her doctorate last fall, she found herself at Entira. 

“Who knows where I would have ended up if I had done it any differently,” she reflects.

She describes being a family nurse practitioner as covering the full spectrum of family practice care.  

“From newborn care to geriatrics,” she says. “All walks of life are included in family practice, and I’m trained to care for all of them.”

Crystal says she looks forward to building relationships where patients look forward to coming to their appointments. She would like to get to know families and the community.

“That’s what primary care and family practice is about, that continuity of care and building a connection with patients and their families. So that’s what I look forward to,” she says.

Crystal Milan can be found at the West St. Paul Entira clinic. She and the team of caring providers take a personalized approach when it comes to health care services and they cater to meet specific needs for lifelong care for the whole family. 

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