Welcoming Gayla Beyer, F.N.P., to Our Epilepsy Team
By Providence Brain and Spine Institute
Where did you complete your training?
I completed my nursing degree at the University of Portland and my master’s in nursing at Oregon Health & Science University.
What is your care philosophy?
My focus has always been on primary prevention and enhancing quality of life – focusing on my patients through the lens of mind-body-spirit, meeting them where they are when planning interventions, and keeping their treatments as simplified and manageable as possible. Sometimes that means my only intervention is to “hold space for them” at that particular visit.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I am a native Oregonian and I love the outdoors. I like to spend time with my husband, two kids and my grand-doggies. I like to jog and go for long city walks, and I like hiking, camping and exploring new places.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
My family will have had a lot of fun planning this dinner party. We would focus our dinner around global peace with activists, civic leaders, spiritual leaders and innovators. This was the list we came up with: Jesus, the Buddha, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah, the Obamas, Malala and Greta Thunberg.
What life experiences have taught or changed you the most?
I would say doing humanitarian work in a developing country, especially interacting with the families and in particular the children. That experience taught me how little we all really need to be joyful, and how privileged we are in this country to have high-quality, accessible health care.