Caty Lingbeck, APRN, CPNP, is joining Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare as a urology provider. Lingbeck said she is excited to work with Gillette families and has expertise in treating neurogenic bladder, neurogenic bowel, spina bifida and cerebral palsy.
"The mission and vision and values of Gillette really align with what I think healthcare should be and what I strive for healthcare to be – taking care of the whole person, collaborating with other experts - I’m looking forward to being a part of that and helping to carry on the legacy of what Gillette is," Lingbeck said.
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What drew you to focus on urology?
I come from primary care, so I am a jack of all trades, as I like to say. I’ve gotten my feet wet in a number of different specialties, but urology stood out as a place to make a big difference in a patient’s quality of life.
What can you tell us about urology services at Gillette?
Our team is not big, just myself and my counterpart, Liza Beilke, APRN, CPNP. We are the ones that are going to be here Monday through Friday. Liza is a classmate of mine, so I also appreciate the opportunity to work alongside a colleague that I'm familiar with and have such great respect for. We also have Vandersteen, MD, who does surgery one day a month and is in clinic one day a month.
We all want to work together to make urology at Gillette a program that is well-acknowledged and sought out by the community we serve. We already have an excellent working relationship with spina bifida care here. The urology program Gillette has for patients who have spina bifida is fairly unique, it's a highlight of our spina bifida program.
What is your approach to meeting a new patient family?
First things first, just the simple step of saying hi and introducing myself. Trying to address parents and patients by their names rather than just mom and dad makes it a bit more personable. I always sit down, get at their eye level. My priority is to get to know them, so that when I'm coming up with the plan based on medically, what is needed, I'm making sure that I'm considering their desires, needs, wishes, cultural considerations. Patient care is not a one-way street, it’s a relationship.
Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?
I am very busy right now with a toddler, his name is Brooks. He is the center of our entire world and he has hit his terrible twos early. He knows what he wants. He, hopefully, will be very successful one day because he does like to direct the household. But he's just so funny. He keeps us on our toes. We recently went to Colorado where he independently had to walk everywhere, which ended up with a lot of goose eggs on the head, but it was a great trip.
We, as a family stay very active outside. And we really enjoy baking, which is not always great from a clothes-fitting standpoint, but we like to bake as a family and my son always has to do the stirring, so half of the batter ends up on the table, but we make do.