Nurse Practitioner Comes Full Circle

Swati Patel, NP

Swati Patel’s life experience has informed her career from the start.

In 2003 MMC’s newest Nurse Practitioner was at UNC-Chapel Hill when her mother had a massive stroke. By the time Swati arrived home to Charlotte, her mother had already undergone emergency brain surgery and a long recovery period began.

Swati cared for her mother, finished nursing school, and landed her first job in a neurology/stroke progressive care unit. She went on to earn her Nurse Practitioner license and began a 12-year career in stroke neurology, working with patients at every stage from arrival in the ER through their recovery at home.

Swati’s caregiver role has evolved as her mother experiences some longterm effects of the stroke, including seizures, depression, and cognitive decline. As she transitions to MMC, she’s excited to work with patients and families living with many of the same symptoms.

“I believe everything comes full circle, and life guides me to where I’m needed and can be most helpful,” she shared.

We sat down with Swati to learn more:

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY.
I was born in London, England and moved to Charlotte when I was 7 – I’m almost a native Charlottean, but with a slightly exotic accent! My husband and I have a ten-year-old son and twin eight-year-olds, a boy and a girl. When I’m not at work I enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time with my family and children.

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A NURSE PRACTITIONER?
I’ve always wanted to help people, so going into medicine was an easy choice. Being a caregiver has helped me understand the challenges – juggling caregiving with children and a career, finding resources and navigating the healthcare system for a loved one. It’s hard, and I want to share what I’ve learned.

WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT JOINING THE PRACTICE?
I’m so grateful that MMC prioritizes comprehensive support for families. This is a gap in the healthcare system and MMC’s approach fills that gap. I feel like we are free to do the right thing and provide both patients and caregivers with the time and attention they deserve. MMC is a breath of fresh air.