Hi everyone, I am Heather Thurston. I grew up in Mexico, MO and moved to Columbia 20 years ago. I got married over a year ago to Cale and now live in Centralia, MO. I have a son, Jaydin, and a step-daughter, Josie. Jaydin is in college and will be wrestling his last year at University of Iowa and Josie enjoys acting! I enjoy golfing, spending time with my family, and any activity that my children are involved in. I have been an RN for 23 years in a broad range of practices but most of career has been in OB/GYN/Pediatrics. I love my job with Liberty Family Medicine because it gives me the opportunity to care for our patients like they were my own family members, whether it be through illness or for the joyous moments of their lives. Every single member’s health is important and we are able to give them recommendations to help guide them so they are able to make their decision because it is important that patient’s to be at the center of their own care. It is a high priority for me, as a nurse, to be a patient advocate and that is one thing that drew me to Liberty because our care starts with the patient. I feel blessed that Dr. Gruender and Jason have allowed me to be a part of the Liberty family and look forward to continue building relationships with everyone!