Born and raised in Bassfield, Miss., Franchesca Graves has never strayed far from her hometown roots.
Graves attended high school in Bassfield and nursing school at Pearl River Community College. But, when it came time to choose a career, Graves’s priority was her now 9-year-old daughter.
“Because I have a young daughter, I knew I couldn’t [work in] a nursing home, but I did want to do floor nursing,” Graves said.
That mindset led her to Hattiesburg Clinic Prentiss Family Practice Clinic, just outside of her hometown, where she has worked as an LPN since June 2015.
At Prentiss Family Practice Clinic, Graves has constantly learned and grown under several mentors, including Dianne Moran, MD, and Laura Miller, MD.
“I have been in family medicine since I started. I have learned so much and can keep my skills up,” she said.
While Graves fills up her days with love and compassion for her patients, she enjoys a hobby on the other end of the spectrum.
“I love horror movies!” she laughs. “I’ll take anything I can get my hands on. I’m a big fan of old-school horror. I love Pennywise and the original ‘IT.’”
Graves also loves to dance and cook with her daughter and spend quality time with her family.
When asked about her favorite quote, Graves pointed to a piece of art on her wall. Written there is the “Tale of Two Wolves.” In a popular story passed down from the Cherokee people, a grandfather explains inner turmoil to his grandson by using a metaphor of two wolves fighting – one evil and one good. When the grandson asks which wolf wins, the grandfather answers that it is the one he chooses to feed.
After speaking with Graves, it is apparent that she feeds the good.
Favorite travel destination: If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to London.
Words that best describe yourself: Dependable, punctual and OCD. (Laughs) My husband hates it. I can see a crumb from a mile away.
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be: My sister makes a shrimp, broccoli and potato bake that I could eat every day.