Shurine A. Pate Q&A

Shurine A. Pate, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner/Owner, Pate Complete Healthcare

How do you define a healthy lifestyle?
I believe that health is from your mind, body and soul. Knowing yourself and how to balance each of these is what leads to a healthy lifestyle. It is different for each of us.

How did you come to practice in your career field?
I have been in the medical field for 25 years and I wanted to return to school to get my bachelor’s degree. I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship that encouraged me and supported me to pursue any degree that I wanted. I decided to get my doctorate degree in nursing practice, and I specialize in adults and geriatrics in primary care. I also did my doctorate project on palliative care and advance directives.

What type of exercise (weights, cardio, yoga, Pilates, etc.) do you prefer and why?
If I am in a time crunch, I like HITT at home. If I have more time, I go to the gym and do 30 minutes of cardio followed by weightlifting. In between, I ride my horse, which is great exercise but does not give me the body sculpting that the other two do.

What are your practices to keep yourself and your family healthy?
Stress is the basis for many unhealthy habits. My husband and I have very demanding and stressful careers. I find that when I manage my stress well, which is usually by exercising, the whole house is healthier.

What is your favorite healthy food/snack?
Popcorn is my favorite evening snack. For sweets, I love strawberries dipped in a small bit of chocolate.

What is your favorite healthy meal?
Mexican food is my favorite food. Street tacos, especially chicken, are my go-to when trying to eat healthy with Mexican food.