Gabi Ledbetter has a lifetime of experience packed into her 26 years.
She’s been an all-star pitcher for the Warren County High School softball team.
She’s worked at a hospital and a nursing home.
She’s endured radiation and chemotherapy treatments to overcome cancer.
And she’s landed back in her hometown as a family nurse practitioner at Pioneer Pediatrics on Main Street.
“I feel very blessed because there were a few times when I thought I wouldn’t make it,” said Ledbetter, who was formerly Gabi Keith. “I was sick, really sick.”
A 2012 WCHS graduate, Gabi went to Motlow State to continue her education and hopefully her softball career. But a major injury to her pitching arm derailed her plans and she was only able to play in a few games.
After Motlow, she went to nursing school at Cumberland University on her way to becoming a registered nurse. She would land a job a Skyline Medical Center in Nashville working on the gastrointestinal/ urinary floor.
“That hospital is big enough to have specialty floors,” said Gabi. “It was a very, very busy hospital. You had to be task-oriented and good with your time. It was a great place for me to learn the basics of nursing.”
It was during her time at Skyline when Gabi developed worrisome symptoms. She began experiencing weight loss, body aches, night sweats and hair loss. The diagnosis was Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At the time, she was 24 years old and had been married for less than a year.
“I had 12 chemotherapy treatments and 15 radiation treatments,” said Gabi. “It was tough. I kept going to school as much as I could during my treatments. It was nice to have a distraction to keep my mind off things.”
Gabi graduated from MTSU in May 2019 with a master’s of science and nursing degree which qualified her to become a family nurse practitioner. She passed her boards a few months later to earn that distinction.
Gabi took a job a Raintree Manor before deciding she’d rather work with children. She’s been on the staff at Pioneer Pediatrics since September.
“Now I’m seeing patients from newborn to 18 years, so it’s a very wide variety,” said Gabi. “I do a lot of well-child visits and handle other common cases like ear infections or strep throat. Thankfully, COVID has been slowing down lately and I hope that continues. I personally have not had one child test positive for the flu this year.”
Gabi has become endeared to her job at Pioneer Pediatrics and says it’s a place where she wants to stay. She says treating children is a joy.
“As you’d expect, it’s a lot different than treating adults,” said Gabi. “You never know what they’re going to say. For the newborns who can’t talk, it’s a different set of challenges. They can’t tell you what’s wrong so you have to evaluate them the best that you can.”
Gabi and her husband, Jagger Ledbetter, enjoy camping and boating when they have free time to spend together.