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DaVon and Shirley Knackstedt are husband and wife nurse practitioners who work at La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba in Tierra Amarilla, south of Chama, in northern New Mexico. The couple commute to their home in Albuquerque on the weekends. Attracting health professionals to rural areas and retaining them can be difficult in rural New Mexico because of the isolation of some small communities, say recruiters. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

DaVon and Shirley Knackstedt are husband and wife nurse practitioners who work at La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba in Tierra Amarilla, south of Chama, in northern New Mexico. The couple commute to their home in Albuquerque on the weekends. Attracting health professionals to rural areas and retaining them can be difficult in rural New Mexico because of the isolation of some small communities, say recruiters. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

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