Alumni Achievers - Jo Anna Cantu

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Jo Anna Cantú ‘02

“The qualities of caring, nurturing and thoughtfulness shown by my family and my mentors have shaped who I have become both professionally and personally.”

Jo Anna Cantú

Jo Anna Cantú ‘02, BSN
Nurse Practitioner
South Laredo Family Clinic

Jo Anna Cantú grew up in a household that valued education. Since her parents did not have a formal college education, their goal was to provide their children with the opportunity to attend college. Her parents’ goal became a reality when she and her three siblings all received university degrees. The love and encouragement given by both her immediate and extended family helped provide the foundation for the vocation that Joanna would undertake.

Joanna has always been enthralled with healthcare. She once dreamed of attending medical school. However, her focus shifted to nursing when her grandmother was hospitalized. The care and compassion shown by the nurses impacted her deeply and changed forever her career plans. After receiving her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, she attended TAMIU where she received her nursing degree.

Encouragement from TAMIU faculty inspired her to continue her education further and she attained her master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Joanna now cares for a population of patients that is predominantly Hispanic.

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