Rachael Christianson

Rachael Christianson, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., M.S.N.

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  • Cardiovascular Surgery

Provider Type: Nurse Practitioner

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Rachael Christianson is a board-certified nurse practitioner with MidMichigan Health and is a member of the comprehensive heart and vascular team at MidMichigan Health. This team includes cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, structural heart specialists and electrophysiologists, as well as vascular and cardiovascular surgeons.

Rachael said she was drawn to the specialty of cardiovascular surgery after working in an open heart recovery unit as a registered nurse. “I was fortunate to have great co-workers and several surgeons who provided wonderful education regarding post open-heart surgery patient care,” she said. “When I became a nurse practitioner, it just felt like a natural transition to cardiovascular surgery.”

Philosophy of Care

Rachael’s philosophy of patient care is not just to provide treatment to her patients, but to provide treatment for and with her patients by offering education regarding their disease and treatment options. “By educating my patients, I can empower them to make educated decisions about their treatment options and care, because both of our roles and responsibilities are equally important for outcome success,” she said. “I want the relationship between my patients and me to be open, honest and comfortable. By making sure that they have a full understanding of their situation, I can ensure that they feel comfortable enough to have discussions or ask questions no matter how ridiculous or embarrassing they may think they are.”

“What sets me apart and why patients should choose me for their care is because I know what it is like to be a patient myself,” she added. “Just four years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and underwent several months of chemotherapy and had multiple surgeries. Though I have been in good health since, I have not forgotten how hard it was to fight for my life, what personal health-related loss feels like, or how important it was for my coping, success and recovery to have a supportive health care team.”

Special Interests and Procedures

Rachael provides care for cardiovascular surgery patients before, during and after surgery by giving pre-procedure education, answering questions, and assisting with surgeries (i.e., performing endoscopic vein harvesting, first assisting and closing incisions). She also cares for patients in the immediate recovery period, as well as during office follow-up.

According to Rachael, the development of endoscopic vein harvesting has been an amazing advancement. Compared to open harvesting, it has not only decreased the risk of infection, scarring, and length of recovery, but it is a lot more comfortable for patients in terms of recovery.

Rachael lives in the area with her husband Matthew and their three cats, Oliver, Willow and Rudy. In her free-time she enjoys traveling, running, exercising, gardening, reading, arts and crafts and home decorating.


  • Female

Year Began Practicing

  • 2013

Board Certified

  • Family Nurse Practitioner


  • English



Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI, MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Clinical Interests & Special Procedures

  • Incision Closure


"By educating my patients, I can empower them to make educated decisions about their treatment options and care, because both of our roles and responsibilities are equally important for outcome success."

Participating Insurances*

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Trust PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Plus Blue ( Medicare Advantage)
  • Blue Care Network Medicare Advantage HMO
  • PACE Central Michigan (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Medicaid
  • Molina - Medicaid
  • TriCare Prime
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Medicare
  • Blue Care Network
  • Priority Health HMO
  • Priority Health PPO
  • TriCare Standard
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO/PPO
  • ConnectCare - Northwood University
  • ConnectCare - MidMichigan Health
  • McLaren Health Plan - Medicaid
  • HAP - Preferred
  • HAP - PPO
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • HAP Medicare Advantage HMO
  • HAP Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Aetna Better Health - Medicaid
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Cofinity
  • Medicare Railroad
  • US Health and Life
  • Meridian Health Plan - Medicaid

*Insurance Disclaimer

These are the insurance plans in which this individual is a "participating provider". This provider may accept other insurance, but your costs may be higher if they do not "participate" in your plan.


  • Cardiovascular (heart)

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MidMichigan Physicians Group

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