About Deirdre Detraz, ANPC
After graduating from Abbeville High School in 1995, I enrolled in undergraduate studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2000, and then moved to Dallas, Texas. There I participated in a 3 month Critical Care Residency at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems before spending the next 3 years as a critical care nurse at Medical Center of Plano. It was there I decided to forego my original plan to specialize in nurse anesthesia and pursue what has turned out to be my true calling. I earned my Master’s Degree in Science specializing in adult health as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in 2005. That year, I moved from Texas back home to south Louisiana where I worked in a local emergency room.
In 2006, I accepted a nurse practitioner position with a cardiology group in Lafayette, Louisiana where I remained for 6 years, specializing in the care of patients with various cardiovascular conditions. Years later, I was given an opportunity to be the sole practicing healthcare provider to the area’s first cardiovascular prevention center.
As, thankfully, everything in medicine and healthcare continues to grow and expand as does our body of knowledge, I decided to “spread my wings” from my former prevention center to open my own prevention clinic in 2012. Here at Apex Prevention, LLC, I continue to specialize, not only on cardiovascular prevention, but also cardiometabolic risk assessment and reduction. While treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol are important for preventing heart disease and strokes, there remain numerous other root causes and risk factors that are simply not addressed at even the most affluent local cardiovascular prevention centers.
I have taken my position as a specialist in prevention very seriously. I seek opportunities to attend conferences and preceptorships all over the country that focus specifically on cardiac prevention and take advantage of offers to “shadow” nationally recognized leaders in cardiovascular prevention. In doing so, I am able to learn the most effective and cutting edge techniques and screening tools available to provide the absolute best care for my patients whom entrust their healthcare to me. As always, patients can continue to expect very individualized visits where they are instrumental in assisting me in providing personalized recommendations and treatment plans based on their own specific results.
I am a proud graduate of the BaleDoneen Method preceptorship. Preventing heart attacks and strokes in one patient at a time…it’s what I was born to do!