Christy Collinson, WHNP – BC
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She was very professional and kind and filled with knowledge. I could ask her anything.
- Master of Science in Nursing – Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN
- Bachelor of Arts, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner – National Credentialing Center
- State of California Nurse Practitioner
- State of California Registered Nurse
About Christy Collinson
I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and fell in love with San Francisco on my first visit here with my family when I was in the seventh grade. The summer after my first year in college, I came to San Francisco for an internship at an investment management firm. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minor in business, I was hired by this firm and spent my first five years out of school working there.
During subsequent careers in finance and technology, I had a dawning sense that something was missing while finding myself spending more and more time volunteering and working in HIV/std awareness at Aids Health Project and at Planned Parenthood. During this time, I had my annual physical with a compassionate and competent nurse practitioner at Bayspring Medical Group and finally decided what I wanted to be when I grew up!
After graduating with my Masters in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, I worked for almost five years at Planned Parenthood. I loved working there not only because of their mission and patient diversity, but also because I found it to be a sound grounding in reproductive care.
After Planned Parenthood, I spent a year as the women’s health specialist at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic before joining Bayspring in 2011. I enjoy working in this practice because of the flexible and collaborative approach to patient care. Working with three physicians and two other clinicians has provided me with a wealth of expertise and access to a number of different approaches to caring for our patients.
My husband makes fun of me because I ask a lot of questions, but I have found that good patient care starts with listening and asking thorough questions. Taking care of people, to me, is not just looking at symptoms or a diagnosis, but investigating the whole picture.
Our practice is now a part of the Patient Portal which has allowed for even more timely communication and access with email and electronic appointment scheduling. Additionally, while I continue to see both male and female patients for primary care, I focus more of my time in gynecology working in partnership with Dr. Milkman.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, traveling, taking spin classes, and spending time with friends and family. Jogging in Golden Gate Park also takes place, but I’d say it’s more of a necessary evil then a pleasant experience.