Obiageri Opara

Obiageri Rita Opara, FNP-C

Neurosurgery

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI
  • Masters of Science in Nursing: (Family Nurse Practitioner) University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI
  • Internships: (Urgent Care) Van Buren Urgent Care; (Family Practice/Primary Care) Adrian Family Medical Center, Adrian, MI; McAuley Health Center, Detroit, MI; Bellville Healthcare PC, Bellville, MI; (Multidisciplinary Clinic) Wayne State Physician Group, Detroit, MI

Medical Specialties

  • Ambulatory Neurosurgery Care

Associations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • International Nursing Association (INA)
  • Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP)

DMC Hospital Affiliations

  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital
  • DMC Harper University Hospital
  • DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
  • DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

Philosophy of Care

Rita Opara believes in building relationships with patients to create a continuity of care. She finds that empowering her patients with the knowledge of their concerns, setting goals, and making them a partner is rewarding. Obiageri loves to educate her patients and inspire them to take control of their health, helping them to understand their diagnosis and to implement lifestyle modifications that can positively impact their quality of life.

Background

Rita was born and raised in Nigeria, Africa. She relocated to the United States at the age of 12 with her parents and five siblings. Rita grew up in a close-knit family in Detroit. Her upbringing shaped her core beliefs of friendship, family, loyalty, and compassion. Her interest in nursing started during middle school when she volunteered at a long-term care facility. She learned a lot about healthcare, nurturing, and empowerment. She also discovered through the interactions with the residents how therapeutic and comforting a smile, a friendly conversation, and a helping hand could be. This expe- rience showed her how rewarding it is to help others and for that she will always be grateful. Rita completed both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing locally at the University of Detroit Mercy. Rita’s parents always taught her that all things worthwhile require hard work. Becoming a nurse practitioner was challenging, but she knew it would be a rewarding career.

Services

  • Assessment, planning, and implementing treatment for a variety of neurological, endovascular, and spinal conditions including: Degenerative Spine Disease, Disc Herniation, Cervical Spondylosis and Myelopathy, Lumbar Spondylosis, Sciatica and Neurogenic Claudication
  • Educate clients on needed procedures and respective recoveries
  • Writing orders for medications, therapies, MRI scans, X-rays and CT scans
  • Review MRI scans, X-rays, and CT scans and coordinate with the Neurosurgeons as to the needs of the client
  • Review therapy progress notes and coordinate continued care of the client
  • Order requisitions for needed procedures, including angiograms and various surgeries
  • Suture and Staple removal along with wound care/management

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