Teresa D Parker

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Teresa D Parker

Advocate Location
Matthews , NC 28105
Medical Guidance
Other Services
Special Care & Aging
TeleAdvocacy Available
Offers FREE Initial Consultation
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How I Can Help
I offer a variety of advocacy services in which I educate, guide and support clients in making informed decisions about their individual healthcare or the healthcare of a family member. My 34 years of nursing experience allow me to provide coordination of care with multiple health care providers, to find answers to difficult questions for clients, to provide education on a new medical diagnosis and assist with managing a chronic or complicated disease process as well as other services.
Important Information About Me
  • I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
  • I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
  • I am insured
  • My geographical area of practice is Charlotte and surrounding areas
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
As a registered nurse I have always been a strong patient advocate for my patients no matter where I have worked. In assisting my Daddy with his diagnosis of dementia and later an elderly aunt with Alzheimer's disease, I became acutely aware of the need for patient advocates for the senior population, and began my own practice as a private patient advocate in 2013. In 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and found the need to be my own advocate.
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Formal Education
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, BSN, 1984 (Graduated with Honors)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, MEd with Specialty in Guidance & Counseling, 1991 (Graduated with Honors)
Faith Experience
  • Christianity
Additional Skills
In early 2013, I became responsible for the care of an elderly aunt who was being financially exploited by a friend. My aunt had multiple medical issues including Alzheimer's disease. I learned firsthand the challenges of navigating the healthcare system, Medicare- Parts A, B and D- the insurance maze and eventually Medicaid, working with an elder law attorney, being a caregiver while working full time and so much more. I believe this time with my aunt was invaluable to my work as a patient advocate in helping others.

In 2017, I underwent a routine mammogram and was told I had an abnormal cluster of calcifications in my breast which required a core biopsy. The biopsy results revealed atypical cells that would require an excisional biopsy. Despite asking lots of questions and carefully considering my options, I found myself returning for yet another visit with the surgical oncologist after two surgeries for breast cancer, and later underwent a mastectomy with lymph node dissection. Despite being given a cancer diagnosis, I found I still had to really advocate for myself. I was so very thankful that I had the experience and knowledge to know how to advocate for myself, and believe this experience will allow me to help others in my practice.
Professional Affiliations
Certificate in Gerontology, 2014

Certificate in Patient Advocacy, 2015

Registered Nurse of North Carolina

Certified Dementia Practitioner

The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates

North Carolina Nurses Association

American Nurses Association

Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Nursing Alumni Association

Charlotte Mecklenburg Aging Coalition