After leaving Lubbock, Clack returned home and continued working at Starbucks, a place he worked throughout college. During Clack's period between degrees, he even got his Emergency Medical Technician Certification.
“At that point, I didn't know what I wanted to do,” Clack said. “I was kind of in limbo about, 'Do I want to do an internship? Do I want to do something else?'”
Nevertheless, Clack eventually went after his Masters of Science in Nutrition, which wasn't easy.
Clack had to spend eight months away from his pregnant wife in 2012 to take on an internship in Oklahoma.
“It was really hard. We found out she was pregnant in January, and I left in January. So I was gone eight months of her nine-month pregnancy. I tried to make it down for the big appointments – gender revealing and things like that.”
Once the internship was completed, Clack came home and finished his Masters. Currently, he is working on his PhD in Nutrition.
Prior to his arrival at PPGH, Clack worked a few PRN nurse jobs in the Metroplex and hadn't really considered a rural hospital. A mixture of things led to Clack heading out to Mineral Wells for work.
Between the long commute and the big-city feel, he wanted to change things up a bit.
“I really got tired of the drive,” Clack said. “When I was working on my Masters in Denton, I had to drive to Denton everyday from Weatherford. It was a beating.
“In the Metroplex, it's a lot different than a rural hospital. It got to be very corporate. I really wanted something with a hometown feel.”
While searching for alternatives, Clack's wife, who is also a dietician, mentioned PPGH. Consequently he got online, and as fate would have it, PPGH's dietician had just left. Clack jumped on the opportunity and landed the job.