Meet Brandi Y.

Provider Type


Location of Locum Assignment(s)
Rural Alaska and Montana

Describe your pre-medical and/or pre-locum work experience.

I am a family and emergency certified nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in Level 2 and 2 ERs, rheumatology, big pharma, and academia.

What drew you to locum tenens work?

I was initially drawn to locums when I was burnt out and unhappy with the politics of hospital medicine. The money and freedom that locum work provides aided my decision.

Why did you choose to work with Wilderness Medical Staffing?

Unlike other locum staffing companies, WMS is very transparent with their pay packages. I have worked with two amazing recruiters (Diann and Susan) who have always been very responsive and have my back.

What have you enjoyed most about your locum tenens experiences?

I love the ability to travel to beautiful parts of the country that I otherwise might never get to visit while getting paid. If I don’t like an area, I can choose to go somewhere else.

How has your experience been with WMS?

I will not work for any other locums company. Wilderness has the best pay, the best locations, and absolutely kick-ass recruiters and staff!

What surprised you most about your locum tenens experiences?

I was surprised most by my absolute love of working in Alaskan villages. People here are excited to have a provider who genuinely cares about them, and the kids absolutely make you feel like a rockstar when they come running up to you while you’re out and about in the villages.

What stands out to you about the communities and cultures you have interacted with as a locum tenens provider?

The communities and villages live a slower subsistence-based life. In general, they are ecstatic to have providers who are present and who care. Practicing in AK villages and in smaller communities in MT is rewarding. You get to practice full scope, from well-child visits to trauma.

What advice do you have for prospective locum tenens providers?

If you are tired of the bureaucracy and the demand to see more and more patients, consider locum work. The money and the work/life balance should override any hesitation you have.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned while out on assignment?

I learned that black teeth aren’t necessarily bad. The pediatric dentistry teams use silver diamine fluoride on kids’ teeth, which can turn them black but prevent worsening decay. Black teeth can be good, while green and brown teeth are bad.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

If you’ve considered locum tenens work, jump in with WMS. They are the best company with the best assignments.