As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Norma Edwards has worked in several different settings since 2002. She has extensive experience working with the ethnically diverse communities of Middle Tennessee including Middle Eastern, African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic populations. She has always been interested in research projects related to metabolic diseases including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity, among others. Her primary career goal is to continue to care for and educate the patients she serves, particularly on issues of nutrition, disease prevention, and management of metabolic disease. As a medical provider, she is also interested in continuing her own education to better serve those in need of medical care. She has a long-standing interest in volunteering and participating in health promotion activities to increase community awareness of disease prevention, and she continues to promote self-care and personal responsibility among the patients she serves. This includes targeting youth with educational efforts and tools for making the right choices in daily living to promote health at home, in schools, and in the community at large. She believes one of the most crucial aspects of serving the community and improving overall patient care is to train the next generation of medical students and nursing students to be well versed in evidence-based practice.