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National Nurse Practitioner Week 2022

Alabama NP Highlights

 Joel Miller

Joel Miller is a board-certified adult-gerontologist acute care nurse practitioner who specializes in Hospitalist medicine at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL and then earned his Master of Science degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. He has worked as a Hospitalist since 2015 and currently serves as the practices team leader. Joel was previously the President of the Infirmary Health Advanced Practice Committee where he led Mobile Infirmary’s advanced practice providers and met monthly with the medical executive committee as an advanced practice provider liaison. Lastly, Joel has served as an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of South Alabama since 2018 and will receive his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of South Alabama in May, 2023. 

 Krista Lippold

 Dr. Krista Lippold DNP, CRNP is currently employed with Optum Prospero home services providing care to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations for the chronically ill in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. She currently resides in Daphne and is a member of the Alabama Nurse’s Association, Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.   She serves in her local community as the Hospitality Coordinator for the Sound of the Eastern Shore - Daphne High School band as well as the President of Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association. 

 Angela Cobb

 Angela is a Nurse Practitioner with a master’s degree in family and acute care nursing.  She is a co-founder of the Clears Clinic and has 19 years medical experience working in the emergency room – 12 of those years as a Nurse Practitioner.  She works part-time as a faculty facilitator for the University of South Alabama dual Nurse Practitioner Program and is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama, and past President of the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association. 

 Brett Brooks

 Specialty: family nurse practitioner
Certification: AANP
Workplace: eastern hospital medicine
Experience: urgent care, state prison system, inpatient acute care, skilled nursing facilities.

Why I became a nurse practitioner: my desire to become a nurse practitioner grew quickly from my love for the field of nursing. I’ve always enjoyed science. Through the years of working and trauma burn, home health, and operating room I developed a desire to better myself and my knowledge for the field. It was a great decision, as I was able to bring new experiences and satisfaction to my career. 

 Emily McGowan

Emily McGowin attended the University of Mississippi and then graduated from the University of South Alabama where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty in 2017 from the University of South Alabama. In 2020, she graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Dr. McGowin worked as a bedside nurse in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit for seven years at USA Health University Hospital before joining the Department of Acute Care Surgery as a nurse practitioner in the STICU in January 2018. She is a member of the USA Health Advanced Practice Provider Council, where she serves as chairman of the orientation committee. She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Dr. McGowin’s clinical interests include burnout, promoting wellness, and medical management of the trauma patient. Dr. McGowin is married to her husband, Rob, has two children, Lucy and Parker, and a black lab named Sam. 

Mackenzie Krebsbach

 Mackenzie Krebsbach Roberts is a trauma nurse practitioner within the Department of Surgery and has served at USA Health University Hospital – the region’s only level 1 trauma center - since 2018. Prior to working with USA Health Mackenzie served as a hospitalist, as well as intensive care unit and emergency nurse. Most recently Mackenzie earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of South Alabama in 2020 with a research interest in opioid and pain management in trauma patients. Further research interests include care of the critically ill trauma patient and quality improvement in the surgical trauma intensive care unit. In addition to clinical practice, Mackenzie works with the University of South Alabama College of Nursing to mentor and precept Nurse Practitioner students in didactic and clinical instruction. 

 Coretta Collins

 Coretta Collins is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of nurse practitioner experience and has been in nursing for over 15 years. She received a BS from Alabama A & M University followed by a BSN from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She obtained her MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is currently pursuing her DNP from the University of Alabama. 

When asked why she wanted to be a nurse practitioner, Coretta states “what struck me most about becoming a nurse practitioner is the bond between care and cure. As a nurse, I spent years caring directly for patients through education, medication administration, assisting in activities of daily living, and being the liaison between other healthcare professionals. As a nurse practitioner, I could continue to do those things, but I could also diagnose and treat certain conditions. I could directly impact the patient even more.”

Specializing in hematology and oncology, she serves patients‚Äč with cancer and blood conditions at UAB Medicine. Additionally, she is a writer who emphasizes health and wellness through her blog Confessions of a Nurse Practitioner. She has authored the CANspiration Journal, an inspirational journal for people fighting cancer. Most recently, she has published Mine for a Time, a book about her journey through pregnancy loss to help others with similar experience and their loved ones. 

 Nina Harvey

Nina is an expert clinician with more than 16 years of healthcare experience with a history of caring for children, adolescents, and families. She has served as an Assistant Professor at Samford University and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She has taught and served as a role model for nursing students on every level- associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral. 

Dr. Harvey currently serves as the Clinical Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Supervisor at the Jefferson County Department of Health in the Specialty Clinic for Disease Control. In her role Nina is involved with treating infectious diseases such as human monkeypox. 

Nina has a proven ability to foster relationships with colleagues, students, and patients. As a clinician Nina is passionate about researching and advocating for public health interventions that will improve patient and community health outcomes. 


Melanie Baucom

 Melanie Baucom, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC is an ANCC certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her associate degree from Jefferson State Community College, starting her nursing career in the Emergency Department at UAB. While working as a nurse, she realized her desire to be able to provide a broader level of care to her patients and chose to return to school at UAB to obtain her master's and eventually her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She continued working in the ED as a Nurse Practitioner for an additional four years before moving into a primary care setting providing care for indigent and medically under-served populations. The first two years, she served as clinic director for a nurse-managed clinic until it merged with a newly established Federally Qualified Health Center. Her role as the Director of Medical Services at the FQHC included direct patient care as well as managing and coordinating care for both the medical clinic and a medication-assisted therapy clinic. Areas of interest include mental health treatment in primary care settings, diabetes management and education, and quality improvement for improved health outcomes. Currently she is working as an instructor in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at UAB as well as serving as Director of the Graduate Nursing Education Primary Care Scholars Program. This program provides educational opportunities and resources to prepare primary care students across multiple specialty tracks to care for patients residing in rural communities across the state. She is an active member of the Alabama Rural Health Association, Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama, and is currently serving as chair of the Legislative Committee of Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association. Her current focus is on improving access to quality healthcare throughout the state by working on ways to increase networking, resource sharing, and political literacy among Nurse Practitioners.  

 Whitnee Brown

 Dr. Whitnee Brown is a dually board-certified nurse practitioner in family practice and psychiatric mental health. Dr. Brown is a three-time graduate of Troy University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner Track, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). She earned her post-doctorate certification in Psychiatric Mental Health at The University of Alabama. She is a published author of peer-reviewed publications, and her research focuses on health promotion and wellness in underserved populations through technology. She is also the co-author of A Nurse's Step-By-Step Guide To Transitioning To An Academic Role. Dr. Brown has conducted research addressing the opioid crisis predominantly focusing on the provider’s impact through the use of a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) technology. She has presented her research at the local, state, and national level. Brown’s clinical expertise highlights opioid diversion, misuse, and abuse. Her other research interests include telemedicine, informatics, rural healthcare, healthcare policy, and nurse practitioner entrepreneurship. 

She has been a nurse practitioner since 2015 and continues to maintain her practice while working inpatient with a local hospitalist service as a family practice nurse practitioner, as well as working at an outpatient clinic as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner while treating patients across the lifespan. Dr. Brown provides community wellness inspiration through the use of a social media following. Her other research interests include telemedicine, informatics, rural healthcare, healthcare policy, and nurse practitioner entrepreneurship. 

 Robin Boggs Abel

 Robin Boggs Abel is an ANCC Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in Birmingham, AL. As the Director of Advanced Practice Providers and Clinical Documentation at Associated Care Ventures/Simpra Advantage, she leads a team of Nurse Practitioners and clinical assistants with a primary focus of conducting Medicare Annual Wellness Visits in the nursing home population across the state. She also holds certification from AAPC in Risk Adjustment Coding and enjoys mentoring and educating colleagues. She graduated with honors from The University of Alabama at Birmingham for both her BSN and MSN programs and has been in practice for nearly 22 years as a CRNP. Because of her gerontological specialty, she has focused her work in nursing homes and geriatric clinics. Stemming from Robin’s wonderful relationships with her grandparents, coupled with her passion for nursing and geriatrics, it was only natural for her to pursue higher education to become a nurse practitioner in the field. 
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