Nova Health Provider Profile
“I love the aspect of helping and serving others—it has always been my passion. I enjoy when patients come to me with a problem or condition and the process of helping them from the beginning to end with their medical conditions/problem.”
Deborah Titus, FNP-C
Family Medicine – Richland
Deborah Titus is an experienced and compassionate nurse practitioner. She has guided patients through various complicated illnesses and injuries throughout her career, mainly in family practice and internal medicine settings. Her patients choose her to be part of their collaborative care team because of her dedication to their long-term health and her style of actively listening to their concerns and keeping them motivated to recover and achieve their optimal health.
Deborah felt the pull toward a career in medicine from a young age. “I have known I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field since I was 13 years old. I started as a candy striper in a hospital in New Jersey. I thoroughly enjoyed helping people as a candy striper, so I then went to school and obtained my certified nursing assistant, LPN/LVN, EMT, RN, BSN, and then my ARNP.”
Deborah graduated cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2006. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2012 from Indiana State University, again graduating cum laude.
Deborah has provided dedicated nursing care throughout her career in occupational medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, urgent care, oncology, primary and gynecological care, chronic pain, and addiction treatment. She began her clinical career working for seven years at the Benton Franklin Health Department in Richland, WA, managing the tuberculosis testing program. Deborah also worked for six years as a nurse practitioner at Astria Health Care’s Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine location in Sunnyside, Washington, where she provided primary and gynecological care to underserved populations. Immediately before joining Nova Health, she worked at a family practice in Pasco, Washington.
Deborah’s advice to her patients is to be kind to themselves and their bodies. “Everything in life needs to be practiced in moderation, such as taking care and tending to one’s body, mind, and spirit. Treat your body well. Exercise, and eat healthily. Get your preventative exams every year.
Good habits start early, but it’s never, ever too late to change. So stretch, stretch, stretch, especially as you get older. Motion is lotion!”
Deborah follows her advice by practicing an active lifestyle. “I am an exercise fanatic. Pre-pandemic, I practiced Bikram Hot Yoga four to five times a week for seven years. I’ve belonged to every gym here in the Tri-Cities at one time or another. I bought a Peloton bike pre-pandemic and ride 600 miles every month. I completed the Seattle to Portland bike ride and climbed Mount Adams and Mount Rainer. When I ran Lilac Bloomsday in Spokane, I always finished in the top 25 percent. I can still run an 8-minute,36-second mile. I love gardening and have even put built a pond in my yard.”
Deborah also loves to travel. “I have traveled to Spain, Portugal, France, the Dominican Republic, and many states in the United States. In addition, I have been part of a humanitarian medical brigade to Peru with the Sisters of Providence and have also done medical trips to Belize.”
- Master of Science Degree in Nursing, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 2012
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2006
- City of Richland, WA. ADA Citizens Review Committee
- Fred Hutchinson Advisory Board 2013 – Present
- Mentor Sunnyside High School
- Member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCP)
- American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
- National Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur Network
- Board Certification, Suboxone Certificate and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) X Waiver License