Nicole has always had a strong passion for health and wellness. She obtained a B.S. in Biology from Bowling Green State University and both a B.S. and a M.A. degree in Health Education from East Carolina University. Nicole also holds a Doctorate degree in Health Education from A.T. Still University with a research focus on drug and alcohol addiction.
She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and is a Wellness and Health Coach. She previously worked for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a Research Assistant on a federally funded grant by the NIH to examine how community-, family-, and individual-level stressors may influence and interact with biological factors to affect maternal and child health. She has also worked as a health coach in Baltimore, MD, to help reduce hospital readmission rates for Medicare patients by using the Coleman model.
Nicole has had several years of teaching experience at the university level. She started teaching at East Carolina University as a graduate assistant in 2009 and from there it was history. Nicole has worked in several other industries in the health arena, including nonprofit, government, and for-profit, but always found her way back to teaching.
Nicole’s philosophy regarding teaching is simple- it is a dual learning experience. “I think that as much as the students are learning from me that I am also learning from them.” Both teaching and learning is a process that never ends and learning from the students allows for growth grow both professionally and personally. Nicole also believes in providing energy to the classroom by incorporating relevant information to the discussion as this helps to make the point hit home. Creating a great learning environment is one of the keys to success for the students.
In her free time, she likes to read, explore Washington D.C., workout, travel, and hang out with Chewbaka- her cockapoo.