Angela Tamayo, NP
Grand Canyon University
I was born in Colombia, grew up in Queens, NY, and have lived in Arizona since 2004. My husband Richard retired and we decided to move here.
When I was little I wanted to be an investigative reporter but I chose a totally different career because of my now 22-year old nephew. He was born with congenital heart disease and we were all told that he would not make it past two months. At that time I was exposed to the healthcare system, saw how nurses make a difference in people’s lives and saw them in action. I wanted to be a part of that.
I’ve worked in various departments, starting as a labor and delivery nurse, transitioning to a travel nurse and then working for an FQHC in Queens. During that time I fell in love with primary care and didn’t want to go back to hospital work. When I got my Master’s degree I started to think where I wanted to work. I did a lot of research and Mountain Park kept coming up. When I got called for an interview I was so happy, I couldn’t believe it.
My family is my life. I have three kids, Nicole, 26; Anthony, 25; and my little boy John, 12. My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We all love to travel. You can find me anywhere near a beach… it’s a bonus if I’m at Playa del Carmen, one of my favorite places to go.
Something people may not know about me was that I was a Marine for three years. People are shocked when they hear that because I’m so soft spoken and defined, but I can be pretty tough.