Patrice Wade-Olson, is an ANCC board certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and a certified HIV Specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She specializes in HIV, PrEP, and LGBT focused care.
Patrice began her career in nursing at age 12 as a volunteer at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. Her volunteer experiences as an adolescent led her to pursue a degree in nursing. She began her educational career at Grand Valley State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. Patrice later completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from at Wayne State University College of Nursing. Patrice has extensive experience working as a staff nurse and nurse practitioner in the Detroit area, working at Detroit Medical Center’s, Detroit Receiving Hospital Emergency Room, Wayne State’s Horizon Project, and Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network. Patrice’s passion for care focused on the LGBT community, those with and at risk for HIV/AIDS, and clinical research led her back to Detroit to Corktown Health Center.
Patrice’s practice and research interests include nutrition, HIV/AIDS, LGBT and integrative care. Her Doctoral Clinical Inquiry Project examined the importance of nutritional assessment in adolescents with HIV and the benefits of an integrative care model with a dietitian in the clinical setting. Patrice Wade-Olson’s passion for LGBT and HIV care is not limited to her clinical practice, she and her husband Jeremiah Wade-Olson, presented “Punishing Identity: Law Enforcement Discrimination against the Transgender Community” at the 2017 Midwest Political Science Association Conference and are working together on research targeted towards the transgender community and their experiences with police. Patrice is also interested in research targeted towards the LGBT community and nursing.
“I decided to become a nurse because I loved people and loved science, it was a perfect match. 10 years later, I still love nursing and helping people.”
Patrice has also traveled to Nairobi and Watamu Kenya where she was able to work with HIV positive adults and adolescents. While there she provided care to people with HIV and taught an education program to hospital staff on adolescent focused HIV care and the importance of nutrition. When Patrice is not working, she enjoys running, weight lifting, yoga, reading, and going on hikes with her husband. She is a vegetarian and loves cooking and trying new restaurants. Patrice and her husband also enjoy traveling, some of their favorites include Colombia, Kenya, North Carolina, and Glacier National Park in Montana.
Dr. Patrice Wade-Olson’s statement on her new role at Corktown Health Center:
“I decided to become a nurse because I loved people and loved science, it was a perfect match. 10 years later, I still love nursing and helping people. There has been much advancement in healthcare, nursing, and medicine over the years. However, those within the LGBT community and persons with HIV still face significant health disparities which can lead to worsened health outcomes. I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to improve those health outcomes at Corktown Health Center and to contribute to advancing care through research for these populations. For many years these groups have not consistently had a voice or been counted in research. I’m thrilled to be at the forefront of changing this through our partnership with Wayne State University. I love what I do, and I am excited to be here!”