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Lassen County Times, Westwood PinePress .f Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 lIB Family Nurse Practitioners Tim Senthavisouk and Terri L. Snyder review patient charts. Senthavisouk and Snyder are new staff members at Dr. Hal Meadows' medical office. Photo by Ruth "Ellis Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassennews.com Family nurse practitioners Terri L. Snyder and Tim Senthavisouk have recently started jobs at Dr. Hal Meadows medical 0ffice and both bring a wide range of medical experience with them. Snyder has worked as a FNP for 15 years and while this is Senthavisouk's first job as a nurse practitioner, he has worked as a registered nurse for approximately 17 years. As family practitioners, Snyder and Senthavisouk can see patients from newborn to geriatric, prescribe non-nar- cotic prescriptions and per form in-office surgeries. "I hope the patients feel welcome here and know that they're important to us," Snyder said. A special monthly pension benefit called Aid and Attendance may be available to wartime veterans and sur- viving spouses who have in- home care or who live in nursing-homes or assisted- living facilities. Snyder has worked as a nursing supervisor in an Intensive Care Unit and Trauma Unit and in private practices throughout California. She said she has a broad range of experience in the medical field. She specializes in women's health and obstetrics and is a certified herbalist. Snyder said she loves work- ing with women and children. In addition to her medical experience, Snyder said she brings a sense of teamwork and the staff at Meadows' office is involved as a team. She has been at the office for two and a half months and said the staff is different than a typical medical group. In addition to the staff's team- work, Snyder said she is working with a "good Christian doctor who walks the talk." Senthavisouk worked in the post-anesthesia care unit and the gastroenterology lab. He said he has been exposed to a wider range of illnesses and can identify life- threatening situations. Senthavisouk said his new job is going great and Meadows is a good mentor and teacher. Senthavisouk also said the patients are personable. Before she became a nurse practitioner, Snyder said she didn't think she would work in the medical field because she didn't like school. However, Snyder said God told,her she was going to be a registered nurse. When her children were ages 7, 5 and 3, Snyder began studying for her RN license at Senthavisouk agreed and,Saddleback College and said Said everyone has something she loved college. to contribute and brings dif- ferent life experiences to the She earned her FNP Normal business hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I wel- come your questions or com- ments at 251-8192 or e-mail: mschneider@co,lassen.ca.us. I hospital setting in both criti- cal and non-critical care areas. Senthavisouk has worked in a variety of hospitals in California and Hawaii. While working in the Bay area, ii she asked him about a job. Senthavisouk said he always wanted:to broaden his horizons by getting his mas- ter's degree and earned his FNP license in 2005. ous months of military ser- vice or the period for which they were ordered to active duty. If all requirements are met, VA determines eligibili- ty for the Aid and Attendance benefit by adjusting for un- reimbursed medical expenses from the veteran's or surviv- ing spouse's total household income. If the remaining income amount falls below the annu- al income threshold for the Aid and Attendance benefit, VA pays the difference between the cla imant's house- hold income and the Aid and Attendance threshold: The Aid and Attendance income threshold for a veter- an without dependents is $18,234 annually. The thresh- old increases to $21,615 if a veteran has one dependent, and by $1,866 for each addi- tional dependent. The annual Aid and Attendance threshold for a surviving spouse alone is $11,715. This threshold increases to $13,976 if there is one dependent child, and by $1,866 for each additional child. Call the Veterans Service Office for additional information or assistance in applying for the Aid and Attendance pension. Everyone is invited to par- ticipate in the Veterans Day program either by marching in the parade or as a spectator day of which was during a period of war, and be dis- charged under conditions other than dishonorable. Wartime veterans who entered active duty on or after Sept. 8, 1980, (Oct. 16, 1981, for officers) must have completed at least 24 continu- prosthetic or orthopedic devices may also be eligible, as well as those who have a physical or mental injury or illness that requires regular assistance to protect them from hazards or dangers in their daffy environment. For a wartime veteran or surviving spouse to qualify for this special monthly pen- sion, the veteran must have served at least 90 days of active military service, one surviving spouses whose incomes are above the con- gressionally mandated legal limit for a VA pension may still be eligible for the special monthly Aid and Attendance benefit if they have large medical expenses, including nursing home expenses, for which they do not rec ve reimbursement. To qualify, claimants must be incapable of self support and in need of regular per- sonal assistance. The basic criteria for the benefit includes the inability to feed oneself, to dress and undress without assistance, or to take care of one's own bodily needs. People who: a e bedridden or need heli to adjust special of the parade and program which follows. The parade and program will be on Monday, Nov. 12. Anyone who plans to be in the MIKE SCHNEIDER A program will take place in the veterans building immediately after the parade. Veterans Day is the day set aside to ,thank and honor all those who served honorably Many elderly veterans and high school. ,office, license at San Jose State parade needs to be at thein the military, in wartime Senthavisouk recentlyUniversity. :~! !: : :~; National Guard Armory by or peacetime, moved from the Bay Area Snyder retired three years : the fairgrounds by 10:30 a.m. The Lassen County Health where he worked at Contraago with no plans of going The parade moves onto Main and Social Services, Veterans Costa Regional Medical back to the medical field. Street at 11 a.m marching to Service Office, is located in Center and John Muir the Lassen County Veterans the Veterans Memorial Medical Center. She knew Meadows and Memorial Building which is Building, 1205 Main Street, in Senthavisouk said he has a when he experienced a VETERANS CORNER across the street from the Susanvllle. lot of work experience in a staffing shortage in his office,