Meet Your Physician: Adrian Unger, APRN

Hi my name is Adrian Unger and I am a Family Nurse Practitioner at Stilwell Physician Clinic.

I first started working for Stilwell Memorial Hospital in 2003 as a Certified Nurse Aid (CNA), while I was in the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program at the Stilwell ITC and graduated in 2004. 

I continued to work for Stilwell Memorial Hospital as an LPN, while I was in Registered Nurse (RN) School at Connors State College and graduated in 2007. I continued to work for Stilwell Memorial Hospital until 2013. 

I left and went to work at Tahlequah City Hospital for over 5 years while I was working on getting my Nurse Practitioner Certification, which was in September of 2018. I started working at the Stilwell Physician Clinic in October of 2018. My dream was to always come back to my hometown and take care of the people from this community. 

I have always been interested in the medical field, since I can remember, as a young child. My mother would always have me take care of anyone in our family that got injured. She did not like to see blood, it made her queeze. I have always been fascinated by the way the body works.  

I decided to pursue my Nurse Practitioner in order to have more autonomy with patients. I have always had hands-on jobs as a nurse. I worked on the Med/Surg Floor for many years, where you may get to see patients recover or expire from an illness or the normal end of life process. 

I worked in the ER for many years, where you see most patients on potentially the worst day of their life and then you may never see them again. I worked in the operating room for many years, where you only see the patients for a brief moment awake before they are sedated or in recovery waking back up. 

I have enjoyed every single job I have ever had as a nurse, but I wanted to know what happened to the patients after they were discharged or treated, so that is why I went back to Nurse Practitioner school. I thought if I could be a part of their routine care, treatment plan, and patient education, I could possibly help keep them from having to go to the ER and hospital.  

I love my patients, I love being a part of them improving their lives, I love seeing them make positive lifestyle changes. Regardless of what the change is, if it is a patient with diabetes or high blood pressure getting it under control, a patient with opioid dependency going into remission, a patient struggling with weight get their BMI normalized, or a patient struggling with anxiety be able to do things they have been avoiding.  

I enjoy working at Stilwell Physicians Clinic/Memorial Hospital because the administration is as dedicated as I am in striving to make a positive difference in our community.   

I love Stilwell because it is a rural town that is close enough to bigger cities, but still just far enough away to avoid the bigger city mayhem. I Love that you can find GOD almost anywhere you look in Stilwell.   Stilwell has some of the most beautiful landscape I have seen, with clean fresh water everywhere.  

I have been married to my beautiful husband Johnny Unger for almost 24 amazing years. We have two beautiful children JJ, who is 15 and Jaelyn, who is 12.  We enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, hunting for crystals or any unusual (beautiful) rock, and spending time with our loved ones and friends.  

I would like this community to know that there is a place where you can get help with your healthcare concerns or issues no matter your financial situation or ethnicity and to not be afraid to seek help when you need it. 


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