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Raquel Garza Vela, FNP, is board certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, AANP. She is cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, advanced cardiovascular life support, ACLS certified, and has over 20 years of experience in the nursing profession. At Conviva Bayside, she provides compassionate, patientfocused primary care with a commitment to medical excellence. Ms. Garza Vela earned a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Walden School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She obtained her RN to FNP degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing in June 2011, a Licensed Vocational Nurse degree in June 2000, and a Certified Nurse Assistant degree in 1997 from Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas. Ms. Garza Vela has served as a family nurse practitioner with the Community Action Corporation of South Texas, CACOST, a private 501 non-profit organization providing opportunities to reduce poverty through services and partnerships. She joined the organization in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is experienced in assessing and treating COVID-19. As an intensive care registered nurse, she honed her treatment planning and clinical care abilities, providing a solid foundation for the role of a family nurse practitioner. Ms. Garza Vela seeks to grow as a family nurse practitioner in the community and collaborate with her colleagues and providers to help older adults live happier and healthier lives. She loves being outdoors, watching her children play sports, listening to music, and studying.