Maria Lastovka, NP, a 2000 graduate of Dickson County High School, was born, raised and schooled in Dickson County. A recipient of the Goodlark Medical Center Scholarship, she chose to pursue a career in healthcare inspired by her mother, Martha Collins Duke, who has served more than 35 years as a Registered Nurse with Goodlark Hospital and Tristar Horizon Medical Center.  Maria earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay State University in 2005, graduating with honors having served with distinction on the Dean’s List for multiple semesters.  She was a recipient of Hospital Corporations of American (HCA) Scholarship in 2004.

Immediately following her completion of a Pediatric Nursing Residency at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in 2006, Mrs. Lastovka accepted a full-time position with Tristar Horizon Medical Center Women’s Health Services working with post-partum mothers and providing newborn care.  It was during this time that she made the decision to become a Nurse Practitioner. Maria enrolled in the Middle Tennessee State University Advanced Practice Nursing program and continued working part-time at Horizon.  She excelled in her Master’s program and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.  Ms. Lastovka completed her academic studies achieving a Masters in Science of Nursing and acquired her Board Certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2011.

Mrs. Lastovka began her professional career as a Family Nurse Practitioner with the Dickson County Health Department before joining the staff of Dickson Medical Associates Children’s Clinic in March 2013.  She is a dedicated healthcare provider who has established an excellent rapport with her patients and their families.

When not caring for children at DMA, Mrs. Lastovka is embraced by her family and love for God.  She and her husband, Chad, have two beautiful little girls.  They are members of the Walnut Street Church of Christ.

Nurse Practitioners (NP) are Registered Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers under the indirect supervision of a physician.  They provide direct patient care including assessing, diagnosing, planning and prescribing pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of health problems, health promotion, immunizations, and preventive care within the specialized area of practice. National certification and State Board of Nursing specialty certification and licensure are required.