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Woman of Wilson: Elaine Fitch Nawiesniak

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It is difficult to say from where Elaine Fitch Nawiesniak originally hails; however, she's a Woman of Wilson these days.

Elaine, a registered nurse, currently serves as the marketing director for her husband's practice, Patriot Dental, in Lebanon.

Elaine has lived in 15 different places. She married husband Paul when he was a young captain in the United States Air Force. "I knew that I would spend the next 20 years continuing to move," she said.

The couple went from Louisiana to being stationed in Japan, Texas, North Dakota, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

They have three children, Laura, 24, Julie, 22, and Jack, 19.

"Before moving here, we were in Maryland for 10 years. That was the longest I had ever lived in one place," she added. "I found that I really enjoyed being part of a community and the benefits of having some roots. I look forward to living here in Wilson County for the rest of my life, and I am striving to be a valuable member of this community."

Paul retired from the Air Force in 2013, after 28 years of providing dental service for troops.

Elaine said her husband decided to be a dentist at the age of 6, and she knew he would never be happy unless he was able to continue to do what he loved.

"We found ourselves in Tennessee several times in the year before he retired. We felt that God was pointing us in this direction," she said.

Patriot Dental is located on West Main Street.

Elaine uses her expertise as a Certified Professional Photographer to help with website development and marketing.

"I love that I can step into patient care when needed, but that I also have the time to spend out in the community, meeting people and learning where I can be of service. I have learned in my many moves that you get out of a place exactly what you put into it," she said.

Elaine is involved with the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and is active with the Lebanon Noon Rotary.

In her spare time, she enjoys photography, traveling, reading and being outdoors. The couple has a pontoon boat on Old Hickory Lake. They also have a rescue dog, Penny.

Elaine listed Helen Keller as one of her heroes.

"I also have many contemporary heroes," she said. "I admire strong women who have overcome adversity. Recently, I have been inspired by Amy Purdy, who lost both lower extremities and both kidneys after going into septic shock from meningococcal meningitis when she was 19 years old."

She explained that Amy challenged herself to move on with her life and achieve her goals.

"She is one of the top ranked adaptive snowboarders in the world. She also was a finalist on 'Dancing with the Stars' in 2014, and she did it on two prosthetic legs. I admire women who keep a positive outlook no matter what adversity they face and who chose to turn lemons into lemonade."

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