Bethany Rolfe began a career in nursing as a CNA at the age of 16. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, she began working in a community health clinic in north Seattle.This work sparked her passion for community health and serving the underserved.
After earning her Master’s of Science degree in Nursing and completing the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the Seattle Pacific University, she moved to Costa Rica where she volunteered in a clinic in one of the poorest barrios in San Jose. La Clinica de la Carpio serves Nicaraguan immigrants, a population with incredible health disparities because they are unable to access healthcare through the Costa Rican health plan. After 7 months, she returned to Seattle and joined Sea Mar Community Health Centers where she is often the sole medical provider at the White Center clinic.
She started the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Community Health Systems in Fall, 2009 and graduated in Spring, 2011.