Kim Tinker prepares to leave Sandy School-Based Health Center at high school in January

After 20 years of practicing medicine in Sandy, nurse practitioner Kim Tinker plans to retire in 2019.

For the past seven years, Tinker, 62, has acted as the main practitioner at the Sandy School-Based Health Center at Sandy High School, 37400 Bell Street.

“The SBHC is very holistic,” she explained. “Kids are screened for mental health, dental, nutritional needs. Giving kids healthcare where there are no barriers to access I decided was kind of my cup of tea. You’re kind of heading off all of these issues at the pass. If all of these needs are being met, students can learn better.”

Tinker’s replacement has already begun to see patients. Kaley Archibald-Goers, a Sandy High graduate, will officially take over at the center after Jan. 7.

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Story and photo by Sandy Post Reporter Brittany Allen