Silar follows dream to become nurse practitioner; Begins career at Rettig Family Health Clinic
It took a lot of determination, hard work, and time, but Amy Oakes Silar has followed her dream to become a nurse practitioner. She began her new career at the Rettig Family Health Clinic in Groesbeck where she began seeing patients on Friday, July 9.
“The Lord laid it on my heart a long time ago to do this, but I didn think I would be able to do it,” Silar said. “However, the Lord made a way for it to happen.”
Silar said that there were many obstacles along the way as she worked on becoming a nurse practitioner, but she persevered through all of it and made her dream come true.
Amy Oakes Silar MSN, APRN, FNP-C is working with Mrs. Dori Sims, PA and Dr. Jeffret Rettig at Rettig Family Health Clinic in Groesbeck.
“Dr. Rettig and his entire staff have been wonderful and have welcomed me with open arms,” Silar said. “I am looking forward to building relationships with my patients.”
Silar was born and raised in Freestone County and is a 1996 graduate of Teague High School. She is still a proud Teague Lion.
“I am so thankful to be close to home and I am looking forward to serving the community of Groesbeck again,¨ Silar said.
Silar graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2000 with her bachelor degree in elementary education. Shortly after graduating from college, she married her husband Matt. Silar taught public school in Teague for eight years. Matt and Amy had two sons, Wes and Korey.
She decided to change careers and dove right in, working during the day and attending college at night. With two young sons, nursing school was a family commitment. Silar graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas in Tyer in 2012, where she received the Most Caring Nurse Award.
Silar said that completing nursing school was a win for her sons, husband and parents, as they were all her anchors and greatest support while she completed nursing school.
After receiving her BSN, Silar was introduced to the Groesbeck community through Texas Home Health, where she was an RN in the field for many years and had the opportunity to build some great relationships.
In December 2020, Silar completed her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas in Arlington and received her national certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
“It took a village so that I could accomplish this goal,” Silar said. “I could have never done it without my family and all of the support that they have given me.”
Amy and Matt reside in Freestone with their horses, dogs, and family close by. Their sons, Wes and Korey, are the light of their lives. Wes is a 2019 graduate of Teague High School and works at the Ellis Unit in the livestock department. Korey will begin his freshman year at Teague High School in August. Matt is employed by Patriot Inspection in Mexia and the family attends Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague.
“I count it a huge blessing to have the opportunity to serve as a nurse practitioner in Groesbeck,” Silar said. “I have been honored and blown away by all of the support that I have received.”