Staff Spotlight – Anna Spykerman, DNP, ARNP

Anna is an ARNP in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

I work in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant as an inpatient nurse practitioner. I started working here in January 2020.

I am an only child who grew up in Southern California with my mom and dad. We have always been an adventurous family, and I used to drive 11 hours round trip every weekend to competitively snowboard. My parents moved to a lake in South Carolina, which I love to visit.

I’ve lived in Southern California, South Carolina, New York City, and now Iowa City. That being said, I think my 4 months studying abroad would qualify as the most fascinating. We traveled to a new country every weekend and were immersed in new culture every day. It was incredible.

In my free time, I spend as much time outside as possible. I have a balcony garden that is thriving and love to ride my bike, travel, eat new foods, and see Broadway shows.

I have my dream job! I moved here from New York because I knew that I wanted to work in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. I’m living the dream!

My favorite restaurant is an “Indian version of Chipotle” in New York City called “Deep Indian Kitchen”. They had the best paneer tikka masala in the world and I miss it.

My favorite team is the Los Angeles Dodgers! I miss baseball…

Favorite book or movie? I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. I throw a Harry Potter party every October with themed decorations and food!

If I had three wishes they would be: 1. A cure for cancer and sickle cell disease 2. Money to pay off my student loans 3. More time. I want more time to travel, spend time with friends, and visit my family.

Fun fact: I competitively snowboarded all through high school.

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