Rebecca Sylvester, FNP

University of Southern Maine

I grew up in rural Maine and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! I went to nursing school directly out of high school with the intent of some day becoming a nurse practitioner. I worked as an RN on a medical-surgical floor while slowly going through school to earn my master’s in nursing; my goal was to one day work in geriatric medicine. I began my career as an NP working in primary care/women’s health in 2011. In 2013 I began seeing residents of the local long-term care facility with one of the family physicians in our practice. I found I greatly enjoyed seeing these patients and that I had found my “calling.” I was thrilled to find a full time position with MaineGeneral in 2014, working solely in the long-term care and skilled rehab setting. I joined MDFMR in May 2017 to work primarily with long-term care residents with dementia. Caring for these individuals is highly satisfying and I enjoy coming to work every day. I find it a privilege to work with individuals and families at this point in their lives as it can be a difficult time for them; I hope to make this time just a little bit easier.

I was drawn to working for MDFMR due to the wonderful, highly knowledgeable team of geriatricians as well as the continuing education opportunities that are available through the organization. I enjoy working with NP students and this is a great environment for them to learn in.

My areas of clinical interest are dementia care and palliative care.

In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, which includes my husband and 2 sons, and experiencing all the fun outdoor activities Maine has to offer.