Lisa Van Diemen was born and raised in the West Texas town of Big Spring. She later moved to Central Texas, and with two children, attended and graduated from McLennan Community College with a degree as a physical therapist assistant.
She has been a licensed physical therapist assistant (LPTA) for 30 years, providing physical therapy in multiple settings. While a LPTA, she returned to college to obtain her Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler and worked as a critical care (ICU) nurse in the Longview and Tyler area for 11 years before returning to UT Tyler to obtain her Master Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As an American Academy of Nurse Practitioner board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, she has extensive experience in primary care, long-term care and geriatric inpatient psych. After providing medical care at a geriatric-psych facility for 10 years, she attended Regis College to obtain a post-Master Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is now board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Lisa is married to Rick Van Diemen, who is originally from Canada and an avid motocross racer. Between them they have three grown children. Lisa enjoys working and helping people. In her free time, she enjoys crafts and watching her flowers grow in her garden.
Along with Special Health Resources Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anita Scribner, Lisa has been a volunteer with Diakonia Compassionate Ministries in Kisumu, Kenya, making her first trip in 2016 and several subsequent trips. On two of their trips, Lisa has taken her son along who has made and produced videos of their experiences there to help educate those at home of the conditions and needs of the Kenyan people. These can be found on YouTube listed as Curatio Mundi. Lisa’s husband also has experience with missions working with Mercy Ships for four years and traveling to countries such as Africa, Costa Rica and Guatemala.