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Sheila A. Gent

Sheila A. Gent


Nurse practitioner Sheila Gent joined HOAF in April 2018, bringing with her the ideal combination of skill and compassion. While she has the experience to serve patients in all areas, Sheila has a focus in breast cancer care. Her patient-centric approach can best be summarized with her favorite quote by Maya Angelou:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Prior to joining HOAF, Sheila worked at a number of local medical facilities. She also worked as a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner at Mary Washington Hospital from 1999 to 2014. She started in nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts as a primary care nurse and resource nurse. Throughout her career, she has also served as a preceptor for nurse practitioner students at Georgetown University, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sheila holds a Postmaster’s Certificate in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner and is certified in Family Practice Care and Adult Medical Care. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology. When she’s not helping patients, she spends as much time as possible with her family. Her vision of the perfect day: camping near the Chesapeake Bay, with some time for reading, jet skiing, and kayaking.

What Patients say about Sheila

She always made me feel like she cared about me!”

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  • Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing, Consultation in Family Nurse Practitioner, 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • MSN, 2009 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • BSN, 1989 Worchester State College, Worchester, Massachusetts

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • MSN, NP-C, Virginia 2009
  • Registered Nurse, Commonwealth of Virginia 1998

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