Nicole has been a clinical perfusionist for 22 years and an educator for more than 13 years. Nicole was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Masters of Science Degree in Perfusion. After graduation, Nicole traveled to the Netherlands where she practiced as a clinical perfusionist at the University of Maastricht. Upon returning to the States, Nicole worked at various hospitals in the Milwaukee area (Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and St. Luke’s Medical Center). Her clinical and didactic instructional career began as an assistant professor with the perfusion program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Nicole was given a great opportunity to develop and lead a new perfusion program in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nicole was an active clinical perfusionist as well as an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). During her tenure with MUSC, she developed the perfusion simulation curriculum for the perfusion program and was recognized for her excellence in perfusion instruction being awarded the MUSC College of Health Profession “Teacher of the Year” and “Clinical Instructor of the Year.”
Nicole maintains perfusion licenses in the State of Tennessee and Wisconsin and is certified as a Clinical Perfusionist by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) and as Perioperative Blood Management Technologists (PBMT) by International Board of Blood Management (IBBM). She is a member of American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion (AACP), American Society of Extracorporeal Technology (Am SECT), American Association of Blood Banks (aaBB) and the Tennessee Perfusion Association.
Nicole is committed to perfusion education and clinical service through the development of future perfusion professionals in the pursuit of bringing the profession of perfusion to new frontiers. Her special areas of interest are Simulation, Ventricular Assist Devices, Blood Management, Fluid Dynamics and Pediatric Perfusion.
Please do not hesitate to contact Nicole with questions in regard to the Perfusion Program or the Profession of Perfusion.