Sarah Kuppenbender is a primary care provider at MCMC Family Medicine.
She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, and Advanced Cardiac
Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support certified.
Kuppenbender received her Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology at the
University of Oregon, where she completed a healthcare internship in Durban,
After receiving her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Rochester
in New York, she started her career in nursing at Salem Hospital in Oregon,
working in the Cardiovascular Care Unit and Procedural Care Unit.
She then relocated to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland,
working in the Procedural Care Unit and the Short Stay Unit, where she
assisted with admission and recovery after surgery, including post-anesthesia care.
While working for OHSU, she also participated in research regarding non-pharmaceutical
approaches to behavioral modification for Alzheimer’s patients with
the Sundance program, an innovative program for advanced dementia care
run by Volunteers of America.
Kuppenbender received her Master of Nursing at OHSU in the family nurse
practitioner program, where she provided urgent care to low-income individuals
at Richmond Walk-in Clinic in Portland; diabetes management at Legacy
Family Medicine in St. Helen’s, Oregon; and child well checks and
sports physicals at MCMC Family Medicine.
Kuppenbender has been working at Mid-Columbia Medical Center since 2017.
During her clinical rotation, she fell in love with MCMC due to the diverse
patient base and friendly and supportive staff.
Her general practice focus is family medicine. Kuppenbender believes it
is her responsibility to help patients achieve their own health goals,
not her goals for her patients. She enjoys getting to know her patients
and designs treatment plans together with them, not for them.
In her spare time, Kuppenbender enjoys spending time with friends and family,
painting, and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and going to
She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and
the Oregon Nurses Association.