Amy Vertin MSN, APRN, FNP-C
I have an extensive background in Emergency Nursing with nearly 9 years of experience in a busy level 2 ER. I became a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013 graduating with honors from University of St. Francis with my MSN. I have since worked in the urgent care setting treating patients of all ages with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. I’m a DOT certified medical examiner, and X-ray certified limited license technician. I love that each patient I see is different and my days are never boring or routine. I learn something new everyday and continue to grow as a provider. For fun I like to spend time with my husband and three children. We love boating, water skiing and cheering on the Chicago Cubs!
April Kubinski MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
I grew up in Joliet IL and graduated from the University of St. Francis with my Bachelor’s degree in nursing. After working about 10 years in the Emergency department as a trauma nurse at local hospitals, I realized the need for urgent cares in our area. I went back to USF and graduated with my Nurse Practitioner degree in 2013. After becoming board certified, I decided that urgent care was right for me. I love the variety and love meeting new people everyday. I strive to listen to my patients closely and always spend time educating my patients and their family members about their illness and how they can improve their health. Most importantly I love caring for my own community. I enjoy being involved in the community and helping to be that change for our world. I am currently involved in my state Organization as a Region Chair member. I am active with my church family and love doing mission trips when all possible. I am active with local community events and have a passion for Big Brother Big Sisters Org. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, love caring for animals, traveling (especially warm places), hiking and taking in nature.
Amber Drobney MSN, APRN, FNP-C
I started my nursing career in 2009 after receiving my Bachelors degree at Northern Illinois University. I have 6years of experience working on a cardiac/step down unit as a registered nurse before furthering my career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I finished my Masters degree in 2014 at Saint Xavier University. I have experience in family medicine before transitioning my role into urgent care, where I have now found my passion. I am married with 1 child but hoping to continue to expand our family. In my free time I love having family days, crafting, and attending vintage fairs.
Jessica Dickinson MSN, APRN, FNP-C
I started my nursing career in 2003, after graduating from Elmhurst College with my BSN and minor in Psychology. After graduation, I began working at Advocate Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Surgical Heart Unit (PSHU). After 9 years, I transferred to the Peds/Neo Transport Team. Through my 12 years of nursing at Advocate, I chaired various committees, developed numerous policies, procedures and quality data. I played an intricate role in various practice changes, research studies and staff education. One of the biggest accomplishments was being one of the leads assisting the Transport Team to obtain CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems) certification. This accreditation set the team to a higher standard making them the first pediatric team in Illinois with this accreditation. My love for the nursing profession grew and I went back to school to further my education. In 2015, I completed my graduate program from Lewis University and started practicing as an APRN in the urgent care setting. I love the autonomy that urgent care brings. Everyday is never the same and brings new learning opportunities. When I am not in the clinic, most of my time is spent with my husband and 3 kids. I enjoy running, gardening, boating and the lake life. As a new addition to the Emediate Cure Team, I hope to bring comfort, education and excellent care to my patients and families.
Jennifer Mele, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
I began my nursing career in 1996 after graduating from Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas. I worked in both the Operating Room and Labor & Delivery, before returning back to the Chicagoland area, where I was born and raised, and began working at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL in 2000. In 2003 I enrolled at NIU to obtain my BSN, while still working in L&D at Christ and also became part of their High Risk Maternal Transport Team. In 2010, with three young daughters, I decided it was a perfect time to go back to NIU to obtain my Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I graduated 2014 and could not love my decision anymore. Having the privilege to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Medicare Wellness, and now Urgent Care has allowed me so amazing opportunities. I have truly loved each experience, but Urgent Care is by far my favorite. I love working in & supporting my community by providing them with high quality healthcare. It is an honor being part of Emediate Cure, a Nurse Practitioner owned and operated family clinic within my community. When I am not busy in the clinic I love cheering on the Cubs, the Bears & the Blackhawks, and spending time with my husband of 25 years, our three daughter, and two Weimaraner’s!