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The School of Nursing regards practice as integral and essential to achieving its mission of excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP
Robert Nixon Clinics in Chapel Hill
Debra J. Barksdale maintains a practice as a family nurse practitioner at the Robert Nixon Clinics in Chapel Hill. The clinics provide free health care, consultation, medication, information, and referrals to approximately 800 homeless people every year.

Diane Berry, PhD, CANP
UNC Hospitals Emergency Department
Diane Berry practices as an adult nurse practitioner in the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department, providing emergency care to a variety of patients.

Andrea Biondi, MSN, NNP, BSN
Fort Bragg, Neonatal Unit
Andrea Biondi practices as a neonatal nurse practitioner in the neonatal unit at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC.

Tom Bush, MSN, RN, FNP-C

UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopedics
Tom Bush practices in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Orthopedics as a family nurse practitioner. His main clinical interests are sports medicine and primary care orthopedics. In addition to his practice, he serves as the fellowship director for the Orthopedic NP Fellowship at UNC.

Suja Davis, MSN, BS, BA, RN
UNC Hospitals, Gastro Intestinal Surgery and Surgical Oncology
Suja Davis is a clinical nurse working on the gastrointestinal surgery and surgical oncology floor at UNC Hospitals. She provides nursing care to patients with bowel obstructions, colon, rectal, gastric and pancreatic cancers, cholangiocarcinoma, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, enterocutaneous fistula, gastric bypass, hernia repair, lap nissen and both preoperative and postoperative gall bladder disease.

Jean Davison, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Person Family Medical and Dental Centers, Roxboro, NC
Jean Davison has been a family nurse practitioner at the Person Family Medical and Dental Centers in Roxboro, N.C., since 2002. She treats underserved populations of all ages at a family-community health center that is a FQHC, offering sliding scale and patient assistance programs to under- and uninsured individuals. Faculty profile and contact information.

Noreen Esposito, EdD, WHNP, FNP
Grace Women’s Clinic in Burlington
Noreen Esposito’s practice as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner has been at the Grace Women’s Clinic in Burlington, NC to women of various ages and for different health issues. In her practice she has provided well woman exams, family planning, and prenatal and postnatal care in addition to other preventive, acute and chronic health care services.

Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, PMHNP-BC
Healing with CAARE, Inc., Durham, NC
Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe, is an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who practices at Healing with CAARE, Inc., a nurse-founded and managed community healthcare agency and free clinic in Durham, NC. She provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples as well as medication management to underserved populations. A large percentage of her clientele are individuals who are recovering from substance abuse. Dr. Giscombe facilitates the Enlightenment Continuing Recovery Group at CAARE and incorporates Mindfulness-Based and other holistic techniques into her clinical practice.

Dana Irons, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Caswell County Health DepartmentC
Dana Irons practices at the Caswell County Health Department in Yanceyville, NC caring for patients of all ages, and manages acute and chronic illness as well as performing annual women and health child exams, uncomplicated prenatal care and STD screening and treatment.

Jane Kaufman, MSN, RN, ANP-BC
ACC Pulmonary Clinic at UNC
Jane Kaufman is an adult nurse practitioner who serves pulmonary patients in an outpatient clinic at UNC. She serves patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, sarcoidosis, MAI and pulmonary fibrosis.

Maureen Kelly, MS, RN, CPNP
Pediatric Department of Medicine
Maureen Kelly practices as a pediatric nurse practitioner at the UNC Children’s Hospital. Her particular area of interest is pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases. She is currently involved in implementing an educational program for these patients that was designed by an undergraduate honors student, Jenna Hobbs. In addition, she is a co-investigator on a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the use of Adalimumab in the treatment of children with inflammatory bowel diseases.

Liska Lackey, MSN, FNP-BC
Liska Lackey practices as a family nurse practitioner at two clinics that care for the underserved. At the Robert Nixon Free Clinic for the Homeless, she provides care to all ages in both Community House and Project Home Start sites. At Alliance Medical Ministry, which serves the working uninsured of Wake County; Liska provides women’s health services.

Rhonda Lanning, RN, MSN, CNM, IBCLC
North Carolina Women’s Hospital
Rhonda serves as a board certified lactation consultant at UNC hospital. She enjoys the diverse population of mothers and babies she cares for at UNC and appreciates the continuity of care she experiences as clinical faculty and consultant.

Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN
UNC Cancer Hospital Breast Cancer Survivorship Program
Deborah Mayer practices as an adult nurse practitioner providing survivorship care to women with breast cancer as a service of the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

Regina McCarthy, MS, CNM, CPNP

UNC-Obstetrics and Gynecology
Regina McCarthy maintains a nurse-midwifery/women’s health nurse practitioner practice at the UNC-Obstetrics and Gynecology satellite clinic at Timberlyne in Chapel Hill. She occasionally works at the OB-GYN clinic at UNC Hospitals, as well. She provides prenatal and postpartum care, and other services such as contraception, annual exams, assessment and treatment of menstrual disorders and midlife health issues. Her focus is on wellness and the prevention of illness in addition to its treatment. In addition, McCarthy is the periodic attending pediatric nurse practitioner in the regular newborn nursery at UNC Hospitals where she manages the medical care of infants and works with residents and medical students.

Laura Nasir, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Caswell County Health Department
Laura Nasir is a family nurse practitioner who practices in public health in rural Yanceyville, NC at the Caswell County Health Department. She sees patients of all ages, including many who are under- and uninsured. At this nurse practitioner led clinic, she manages annual exams, well-child checks, and family planning and sexual health visits, while also providing acute and chronic care in a community based family practice setting.

Beth Pack, BSN, BA, MPH, RN
Cardiac Care Unit at Duke University Hospital
Beth Pack has practiced as a bedside nurse in the intensive care unit inside the cardiac care unit at Duke University Hospital since 1997.

Theresa Raphael-Grimm PhD, CNS
UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry
Theresa Raphael-Grimm practices in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry as a psychotherapist. She works with individuals and couples and sub-specializes in treating people adjusting to serious, chronic and/or life threatening medical illness. In addition she provides psychotherapy and consultation within the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service and the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC
Sevenhill Associates, PA
Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist who co-owns and practices at Sevenhill Associates, PA in the Winston-Salem & Durham offices one day per week. She provides individual and family psychotherapy as well as medication management to diverse populations from childhood through late life, and in particular those who have treatment resistant mood disorders, and/or are labeled with personality and somatoform disorders.

Mary Charles Sutphin, MSN, CNM
Triangle OB/GYN in Cary, NC
Mary Charles Sutphin works as a certified nurse-midwife at Triangle OB/GYN in Cary. She provides a full scope of services, including seeing patients for prenatal visits, providing intrapartum (labor and delivery) care/management, taking “night call” and performing deliveries. The babies Sutphin delivers are born at Western Wake Medical Center in Cary.

Debbie Travers, PhD, RN, FAEN
UNC Hospitals Emergency Department
Debbie Travers provides triage and direct care as a staff nurse to less-urgent patients who come to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department. She works with the full gamut of emergency department patients, including pediatric, adult, medical and surgical patients.

Jennie Wagner, BSN, MSM, IBCLC
Western Wake Hospital/Rex Health Care- Birthing Centers
Jennie Wagner is a certified lactation consultant and practices at Western Wake Hospital and at Rex Health Care in their Birthing Centers. Jennie follows up with mothers and their babies in the special care nurseries and inpatient couples.

Wanda Wazenegger, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Mid Carolina Gastroenterology Associates, Sanford
Wanda Wazenegger practices as a nurse practitioner who prepares patients for GI procedures and serves and treats basic GI problems.

Libba Carpenter Wells, MSN, APRN-BC
Center for Creative Balance, 5024 Boulder Run Road, Hillsborough, NC
Libba Carpenter Wells has been a nurse psychotherapist since 1984. She mainly provides individual and couples psychotherapy and is also certified as an Imago Relationship Therapist. Additionally, she provides services to families and groups on an occasional basis.

Meg Zomorodi, PhD, BSN, RN
Duke University Neuro ICU
Meg Zomorodi maintains a clinical practice as a registered nurse in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Hospital. Meg provides nursing care to patients with brain tumors, stroke, and traumatic head injury. She also serves as an educator on head injury and intracranial pressure management to all the intensive care units and conducts research in the medical, surgical, and neurscience intensive care units.