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Road to Passion
RAND RAPIDS, M I C H I G A N , native
Susan Stevens laughs when she describes her decision to go into the nursing field. “I’m not exactly sure if it’s what I wanted, or if I was ‘strongly encouraged’ to enter this profession,” she grins. Regardless, Susan Stevens she knew early on that she wanted PIEDMONT HEALTHCARE’S MOORESVILLE DERMATOLOGY to be a nurse. At 18, Susan, who CENTER currently works as an aesthetic nurse MOORESVILLE, NC specialist at Piedmont HealthCare’s Mooresville Dermatology Center, moved from Michigan to Waco, Texas, to attend Baylor University Since their first child was born, Susan and and begin her medical training. After Byard have incorporated weekly date night graduation and some experience working in into their routine. “My happy place is in the an orthopedic surgical department, Susan mountains or a quiet beach, allowing me moved back to Michigan to work with a time to unwind and reflect,” acknowledges plastic surgeon as his private scrub nurse. Susan. The two also enjoy watching the Upon the return to her home state, she began a step-aerobics class at a local health club. Here, Susan met, fell in love with, and eventually married her instructor, Byard Stevens; they have been married for more than 21 years and have two daughters and a son: Ellesse, 19, attends college at Denison University in Ohio; Claire, 17, is following in her mother’s footsteps, planning to pursue a nursing degree; and Cole, 16, is active in sports and attends Lake Norman High School. They have called North Carolina home since moving here in 2004.
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Charlotte Hornets and discovering new restaurants. An admitted Food Network junkie, Susan laughs, “Any Charlottearea restaurant that is featured on a TV show is at the top of our list to visit.” Busy schedules often interfere with family time, but everyone is “all in” if a Disney trip is mentioned! “There is just something about Mickey Mouse that turns my three teens into toddlers again,” she jests.
Susan admits that she is quiet and reserved, except for the time she is wearing her nurse’s hat. Over the years, she has relied on valuable advice from her father
who said, “If you enter a situation that is uneasy, act like you own the place!” This advice has nursed Susan along the road to her purpose and passion. In a society that seems to thrive on beating each other down, Susan delights in helping others feel good about themselves. A quality that stands out above all else, Susan’s honesty with her patients allows her to address realistic expectations, develop relationships, and create plans for healthy skin. Susan keeps her favorite Anne Frank quote in mind: “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” Susan has learned that life is way too short to wait one minute in making a difference for others.
By: Michelle Love | Photography By: Lisa Crates Photography
Lake Norman Woman September 2017