A medical mission trip to Dominican Republic when Rebecca Coppage was just 14 years old made it clear to her that she wanted to be in the medical profession.
Rebecca is now a critical care nurse practitioner who Johnson County Pediatrics patients will see working in our walk-in clinic.
“Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor,” Rebecca says. “My parents were both in the medical field and I was exposed very early on to the different areas of medicine. When I was 14 years old, I had the opportunity to go to Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip where they performed surgeries on burn victims, birth deformities and several other orthopedic conditions. Being allowed to watch the surgeries, help in the operating room and the recovery room, and seeing the difference made by doctors and nurses, made it clear to me that I wanted to be in the medical profession.”
A graduate of Pembroke Hill High School, Rebecca then went to St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences and earned a master’s degree at Rush University in Chicago. Medicine, she says, is the only career she ever considered.
She and her husband, Andrew, have two children. Her children, Gabby and Mason, take up much of her free time, but with the few hours she has left Rebecca likes to read, write, do crafts and sew.
Rebecca enjoys her work at Johnson County Pediatrics.
“I love the people I am surrounded by each day,” she says. “The staff here is so kind and welcoming, and it is a very happy place to work. I also love all the wonderful children and families I get to meet!”