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Carl Fieser, MD

Dr. Carl Fieser is a specialist in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with IPM Medical Group. Dr. Fieser holds board certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Fieser received his medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He then completed a one year fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Interventional and Chronic Pain Management. As a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, he focuses on using the latest non-surgical interventional techniques as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. He strives to provide high quality compassionate patient care with an emphasis on improving function and quality of life. Dr Fieser has a special interest in Sports Medicine and is preparing for a board certification in that field. He is able to perform Electrodiagnostic Studies and is a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) for the California Workers’ Compensation System. He is also a healthcare entrepreneur with an interest in health related tech start-ups. Dr. Fieser was raised in Kansas and is an obsessive Kansas Jayhawk Basketball fan, as well as an Oakland A's fan. He also enjoys traveling and shooting medium format photography. Dr. Fieser is available to see patients in our Walnut Creek, Brentwood, and Oakland offices and is fluent in Spanish.


Douglas Grant, MD

Dr. Douglas Grant is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with IPM Medical Group, Inc., a multi-specialty medical group. IPM Medical Group, Inc. is dedicated to helping injured workers and individuals suffering from chronic pain attain the highest level of functioning possible through an integrated medical, vocational and behavioral management approach. Dr. Grant is a 1998 graduate of University of Texas – Southwestern Medical School and completed residency 2002 at the University of Washington in the Department of Rehabilitation. He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with sub-specialty Board Certification in Pain Management. He has specialized in Physiatry and Pain Medicine. Dr. Grant completed a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Pain Management with Integrated Physical Medicine. His greatest interest lies in musculoskeletal and pain issues, as he is most concerned with regaining function and reducing pain. Dr Grant has devoted over 10 years to developing expertise in Physiatry and Pain Management. He has thorough training in spine and peripheral joint musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostic studies, and spinal and peripheral joint injection procedures. He is highly skilled at a variety of advanced non-surgical procedures. He has a unique practice style, blending his high-tech expertise in sports, spine, occupational & pain medicine with a special compassion for the human condition. His father was in the US military, and, together, lived at many military bases around the world. He migrated from his adopted home state of Texas to Washington for residency training at the University of Washington, and eventually migrated to northern California. He loves living here with his wife and two children. Dr. Grant feels privileged for the opportunity to participate in the health care of the East Bay community.


Jacob Rosenberg, MD

Dr. Jacob Rosenberg is the founder of IPM. Dr. Rosenberg graduated from Vanderbilt University, the University of Maryland Medical School, then completed an anesthesia residency at the University of Texas Houston. Dr. Rosenberg first began treating chronic pain when he was an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1984. After five years in private practice in Davis, California, he completed a pain management fellowship at the University of Utah School of Medicine, staying on as an assistant professor of anesthesia in pain management. In 1995 he founded IPM , initiated a pain management fellowship program, and in 2002 started a multi-disciplinary functional restoration program along with Dr. Howard Rome. Under Dr. Rosenberg’s direction, IPM now has nearly a dozen staff physicians, a physical therapist with a Ph.D., and staff psychologists to care for the patient through the assessment and recovery process. Dr Rosenberg’s philosophy for the treatment of chronic pain involves a partnership between the patient and physician. He understands that patients need information in order to make decisions and to take an active role in their care. His approach is to first identify any correctable pathology, then recommend options for managing pain and beginning rehabilitation. Dr. Rosenberg does not focus only on interventions that provide temporary pain relief. His goal is to address patients’ pain in order to improve their function and quality of life. Dr Rosenberg is available for consultations and treatment of injured workers. His current practice primarily involves performing Qualified Medical Exams for injured workers.


Jeff Chen, MD

Dr. Jeff Chen is a specialist in interventional pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation.  He is double boarded with certification from the American Board of Pain Medicine as well as the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1999 and went on to complete medical school training at UTMB in Galveston, Texas in 2003.  He completed residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation with Southwestern University in Dallas, Texas in 2007.  He then relocated to California to complete his fellowship in interventional pain management with IPM Medical Group. Dr. Chen has an interest in interventional spine care and performs spinal interventional procedures such as interlaminar epidural injections, transforaminal epidural injections, medial branch blocks, and radiofrequency ablation.  Dr. Chen also performs electrodiagnostic studies to evaluate and diagnose nerve injuries.  He is available to see patients in our Walnut Creek and Antioch offices. Dr. Chen now lives in the East Bay area with his wife.  He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


Kasra Amirdelfan, MD

Dr. Kas Amirdelfan is one of the founding partners at IPM Medical Group, Inc. He earned his medical degree from Texas A&M University, College of Medicine in 1994. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, an affiliated facility with U.T. Southwestern School of Medicine. Dr. Amirdelfan completed his fellowship in interventional pain management in San Francisco at Pacific Pain Treatment Center with Dr. Elliot Krames. He is board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Amirdelfan has served as the Department Chair of Pain Medicine at John Muir Medical Center and Doctors Hospitals in the Bay Area in the past. Regarded as one of the foremost experts in his field, Dr. Amirdelfan lectures extensively on spinal cord stimulation and pain management at the local, regional, as well as national levels. He serves as a consultant and faculty for various leading medical companies, putting him in the forefront of latest technologies in interventional pain management. He is also actively involved in conducting research for the development of new horizons in pain control to help improve pain management worldwide. Dr. Amirdelfan has a special interest in Spinal diseases, spinal cord stimulation and stem cell technologies. He is currently involved in ground breaking research in these fields.


Kenneth Kim, MD

Dr. Kenneth Kim completed his undergraduate education at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He completed his medical school training at Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kim later completed a residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Fellowship training in Pain Management then followed at Integrated Pain Management in Concord, CA. Dr. Kim is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management. Dr. Kenneth Kim, was raised in southern California and now lives in the East Bay area with his wife and two young children.


Lawrence Weil, MD

Dr. Lawrence Weil is a specialist in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Weil is double-boarded, with certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with special qualifications in pain as well as the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Weil specializes in interventional pain procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, discography, spinal cord stimulation, epidural injections at all spinal levels as well as other injections and procedures including electrodiagnostic studies. Dr. Weil instructs in the performance of interventional spinal procedures on a national level through organizations including ISIS (International Spinal Intervention Society) as well as PASSOR and other organizations. Dr. Weil also is an expert consultant for the California Medical Board. Dr. Weil is a qualified medical evaluator for the California Workers’ Compensation System and CEDIR certified as well. Dr. Weil is a 1992 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Virginia as well as a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Weil completed his pain medicine fellowship training at UC Davis Medical Center in February 1999. Dr. Weil's greatest interests include Musculoskeletal Medicine, Interventional Pain, and Electrodiagnostic Studies. He is most concerned with providing treatment resulting in successful sustainable, long-term medical and functional recovery for his patients. Dr. Weil has authored numerous articles including recent articles on fluoroscopic analysis of lumbar epidural contrast spread after lumbar interlaminar injections in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2007, and recent publications include fluoroscopic analysis of lumbar epidural contrast spread after lumbar epidural injection in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2008, and case report of transforaminal epidural blood patch in Pain Physician 2008. Dr. Weil is affiliated with ISIS, PASSOR, AAPM&R, AAPM, and AANEM among other specialty societies. Dr. Weil was raised in Long Island, New York. He lives and works in the East Bay.


Matthew Johnson, DO

Dr. Matthew Johnson is a ABPMR Board Certified Physiatrist and Interventional Pain Management Specialist. He is originally from Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia with honors in Biology. Dr. Johnson completed his medical training at Western University in Southern California followed by a one year internship at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California-Irvine where he served as the Chief Resident during his final year. Following residency he completed a one year fellowship in interventional pain management. Dr. Johnson’s interests include neuropathic pain, back and neck pain, joint pain, headaches, fibromyalgia pain, abdominal pain, non-surgical management and rehabilitation of orthopedic issues and industrial injuries, and general debility. He also performs Electrodiagnostic Studies (nerve conduction studies and electromyography) to diagnose nerve problems. He is an expert in interventional pain techniques such as radiofrequency ablation, epidural steroid injections, selective nerve blocks, Botox administration, neuromodulation, and joint injections. Dr. Johnson is a Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California Worker's Compensation system and is an expert in matters of disability and function. Dr. Johnson is available to see new patients immediately.


Navjeet Boparai, MD

Dr. Navjeet Boparai is a specialist in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Boparai holds board certification by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her practice is focused in the area of Pain Medicine. Dr. Boparai specializes in multiple aspects of pain management, including spinal injections, chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, and electro diagnostic studies. Dr. Boparai strives to provide comprehensive medical treatment enabling her patients to lead a more functional and fulfilling life. Dr. Boparai graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. She then completed a post-graduate program at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences in North Chicago, Illinois, where she obtained a Master of Science in Applied Physiology. She went on to receive her medical degree in 2005 from Chicago Medical School. She then completed a one year transitional internship at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Boparai completed a one year fellowship in Interventional and Chronic Pain Management with IPM Medical Group, Inc. Dr. Boparai was born and raised in California and currently lives in the East Bay with her husband and three children. She is available to see patients in our Walnut Creek and Brentwood offices. She is fluent in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.


Neesha Dave, DO

Dr. Neesha Dave is a specialist in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and American Board of Pain Medicine and specializes in many aspects of medical pain management including all spinal injections and electrodiagnostic studies. Her approach is to educate her patients and provide a comprehensive treatment plan to promote rehabilitation. In addition to her pain management practice, Dr. Dave is the medical director of East Bay Functional Rehabilitation. This multidisciplinary program helps injured workers and individuals suffering from chronic pain attain the highest level of functioning possible through medication optimization, physical rehabilitation, and psychological behavior modification. Dr. Dave graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1999 and completed medical school at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2003. She then went on to do internship at Pacific Hospital in Long Beach and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through the U.C. Irvine in 2007. She completed a one year fellowship in Pain Management with IPM Medical Group, Inc in 2008 and started practicing with IPM in 2009. Dr. Dave is available to see patients in our Alameda, Oakland and Walnut Creek offices. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi.


Alice Bolick, PA

Welcome to my Bio! Thank you for allowing me to share a bit about myself and my role as a PA (Physician Assistant) in Pain Management/PM&R. What is “Pain Management"? This specialty is a branch of medicine that employs a multidisciplinary approach with the goal to reduce pain to a manageable level and improve quality of life. The nature of pain is complex and includes a wide spectrum of conditions including neuropathic pain, musculoskeletal pain, and spinal pain. I appreciate the complexity of this specialty and the various conditions. I take honor in being able to treat and educate patients on their condition. I am one of several PAs and NPs in the Walnut Creek location. I feel privileged to work with a wonderful group of clinicians and physicians. My role as a PA in this department is clinic-based and performing minor procedures (local injections). I consult with providers within the practice if needed, and refer based on individual patient needs. I love what I do and I take great responsibility in the role of my patient’s provider. My goal is to provide you with the attention and care that you deserve as a patient. What is a PA? We are certified healthcare providers with a medical education that permit us to make diagnostic (labs, imaging) and therapeutic decisions while working autonomously, but we do work closely with supervising Physician(s). We also collaborate with other members of the healthcare team. PAs can work in many specialties as a clinician or assist in surgery. Like physicians and NPs, PAs must complete extensive continuing medical education throughout their careers. I was born in France and grew up between the US and overseas. I moved to the Bay Area about 8 years ago. I love this area; we are surrounded by culture, diversity, wonderful food, and a staggering array of ecosystems. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, cooking, and being with my family. I am blessed to have two sons who keep me on my toes. I would like to thank you sincerely for allowing me to take part in your care and I look forward to meeting you. Undergraduate: Arizona State University (Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts). Samuel Merritt University (MPA - Master Physician Assistant Program.)


Ana Espitia, NP

Ana Espitia RN, ADN, BSN, MSN, FNP-C graduated nursing in 2009 with an Associate's degree from Napa Valley College. Due to the unfavorable job market that resulted after the 2008 financial crisis, it motivated her to continue with her education to pursue her passion for providing care for the underserved populations in her community. This led her to Sonoma State University, where she graduated from the Community Health Nurse program in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in nursing and graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2014 with a Master's degree in nursing. Ana has experience caring for diverse populations in a variety of healthcare settings which has enhanced her clinical knowledge. She has clinical experience in family practice, opiate addiction, and pain management. She joined IPM at Walnut Creek in 2015. She divides her time working at IPM as part of the care team in helping patients manage their chronic pain and at her community health clinic where she cares for patients from all ages with acute and chronic diseases. Her goal as a provider is to help patients develop self-growth, well-being and improve health. Her ambition as a provider is to have a positive impact in her community she serves so that future generations will enjoy superior health and living. Outside of work, Ana loves spending time with her husband. She enjoys making memories with her loved ones, dining out, traveling, shopping and taking time off to relax.


Angela Danko, NP

Angela Danko is a Nurse Practitioner at the Walnut Creek office. She has been at IPM since 2012 and primarily works with Dr. Kenneth Kim. Angela also continues to work as a Registered Nurse at John Muir Medical Center in Concord in the post-surgical orthopedic unit. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge surrounding the orthopedic post-operative process. Angela obtained her Master's Degree in Nursing and FNP Licensure from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and her Bachelor's Degree in Communication from UC Santa Barbara. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and two little boys.


Angela Malatesta, NP

Angela Malatesta completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed her Masters at Samuel Merritt University. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing and has national certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has several years of experience in pain management, with expertise in managing patients with industrial injuries, various orthopedic conditions, and has experience in managing patients with spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps. Angela Malatesta was raised in southern California and now lives in the East Bay area with her husband and two young children.


Barry Meskin, DPM

Dr. Barry Meskin has a well-established reputation as an excellent and responsible clinician, with a very strong commitment to rendering care in a pragmatic, efficient and cost-effective manner.  His 20 years of experience in trauma, sports injuries, medicine and industrial work injuries has earned him the respect of both colleagues and patients. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Meskin immigrated to the United States at the age of 25. In 1992 he completed his medical and surgical training in San Francisco where he became a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Dr. Meskin’s internship and residency training was completed at the city and county Hospitals of San Francisco General and Oakland Highland Hospital. His inspiration and interest in working with injured individuals comes from both his father, Denis Meskin, MD,  and in serving as an Orthopedic Trauma Corpsman at the largest South African Military Hospital during the South African Border Wars. Dr. Meskin is a credentialed provider in excellent standing with most Medical Provider Networks. In addition, he has been selected as a Preferred Panel Provider with many employers and carriers.  In addition to his medical practice, his experience as a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) enables him to evaluate disability and write medical-legal reports based on objective evidence and places scientific methods relative to causation. Dr. Meskin treats IPM patients at the San Francisco and Walnut Creek locations.


Courtney Perry

Courtney Perry is an East Coast native and grew up in the beautiful state of Massachusetts. In 2011, she relocated to Portland, Oregon where she attended Portland State University for her undergraduate degree. During this time, she spent much time volunteering in various health care settings, locally and abroad, solidifying her decision to pursue a career in the medical field. She later attended Bay Path University and graduated with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. While attending Bay Path, she had the opportunity to travel to Ghana and gain additional perspectives from medical providers in rural communities. Courtney’s goal is to deliver compassionate care tailored to each individual patient and help those who suffer from chronic pain. She is excited to be a part of IMP and proud to work with such a fantastic team of practitioners. Courtney resides in the East Bay with her husband and continues to travel as often as possible.


Hannah Manago, NP

Hannah graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014. She worked as an acute RN for 3.5 years in the post-surgical orthopedic and vascular unit. During those years she developed an interest and passion for pain management and orthopedic injury treatments. After completing her Master of Science in Nursing degree from University of Southern California in 2019 she became nationally certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. During her first year as Nurse Practitioner she worked in a sports medicine clinic and learned about various feet and ankle injuries and treatments. She believes in an individual and holistic approach to help and treat each patient. In her free time, Hannah likes to go to the gym with her fiancé, travel, and spend time with her family and her dog, Tally.


Hasina Mojadidi, PA

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Hasina Mojadidi PA-C has a passion for treating patients in her community. She graduated college from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science. She then received her Master in Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. While being a PA student, Hasina was involved in treating the underserved in Los Angeles County, several being chronic pain patients. Additionally, Hasina has a degree in communications, which sets her over the bar in understanding her patient needs and delivering complete care. In her spare time, Hasina enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and photography.


Jelia Kerdar, PA

Born and raised in Buffalo New York, Jeila completed her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Daemen College in 2013 and is a nationally board-certified Physician Assistant by the NCCPA. She began her career in Internal Medicine, employed as a full-time provider in a fast-paced primary care office in Williamsville, New York. After about two years of practicing, she decided to move across the coast to seek more opportunities. She began working as a full-time Pain Management Physician Assistant in January 2015. She is proficient in managing a wide range of patients suffering from both acute and chronic pain, encompassing industrial and non-industrial injuries. Outside of IPM, Jeila is also currently an instructor for the statewide Controlled Substance Course for Physician Assistants in Northern California. This course involves training for Physician Assistants regarding the regulation of opiates, the pathophysiology of pain, and appropriate dosing/guidelines of pain medications. In her free time, Jeila enjoys running, singing, and spending time with her Corgi named Roya. She also has a strong passion for traveling and learning from other cultures around the world.


Jessica Linnane, NP

Jessica is an NP that works at the Walnut Creek location.


Samantha Camuso, MPA

Samantha Camuso is a board-certified Physician Assistant at our Walnut Creek clinic. She graduated with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University, and a Bachelors in psychobiology from UCLA. She has a background in physical therapy and orthopedic surgery. She specializes in sports injuries, joint injections, acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, and non-surgical pain management treatment including mind-body exercise techniques. Having suffered from chronic pain and sports-related injuries herself, she offers a unique perspective for her patients. The best part of her job as a PA is seeing patients overcome their physical limitations and lead a healthier and all around more fulfilled life. When she is not seeing patients, she enjoys watching sports, golfing, hiking, and being with family.


Sharmin Ali, NP

Sharmin Ali, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-C graduated with honors and was inducted into Sigma Thea Tau Honors Society in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Her focus had been on caring for patients with conditions such as stroke and chest pain for 4 years at Houston Methodist Hospital-Sugar Land. Later on, her interests in patient education led her to pursue a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner by graduating from the University of Texas-Arlington. Sharmin is a national board certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and currently licensed to practice in California. While patient education is an essential component in the care of acute or chronic pain patients, Sharmin believes patients who are well-informed about their condition are likely to have better outcomes. With current evidence-based practices here at IPM, she is able to provide individualized care to patients by focusing on teaching her patients about medication side effects, their condition, and available treatment options that best fit the patients' needs. Her goal is to help patients make informed decisions regarding their health. Outside of work, Sharmin enjoys spending time and visiting new restaurants in Northern California with her husband on the weekends. She occasional likes to visit her family in Sugar Land, Texas where she originally grew up. In her free time, her interests include arts and crafts, painting, shopping, and going to the gym with her husband.


Shirley Carrillo, NP

 Shirley Carrillo is a Nurse Practitioner at both the Brentwood and Walnut Creek IPM locations.  Shirley Graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from UOP with a Post Masters’ Degree with Honors and is still a current member of Sigma theta Tau.  

Her extensive experience as a Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner has led her on a pathway to med surgery, OBGYN and Peds, Cardiology with Telemetry, Chemotherapy Nurse, Post Anesthesia Recovery room, Emergency room Nurse, Case Management, Allergy Nurse, CPR/ACLS instructor, Telephone Advice nurse and Pain Management Specialist. Outside of Work Shirley Walks her dog Zorro daily, she exercises and participates in fitness events.  


Talia Rogers, NP

Talia graduated from Samuel Merritt University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and then went on to complete her Master of Science in Nursing in 2015 at Holy Names University in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Talia worked as an acute care RN for 7 years. It was during this time that she realized that she had a passion for providing comprehensive individualized care and helping to improve the quality of life for her patients. Talia joined IPM in 2016 and is happy to be working in collaboration with this team in treating pain and restoring life. Talia is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the California Association of Nurse Practitioners


Zhanette Coffee, NP

Zhanette is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and currently practices at IPM’s FOOT Steps (Focus on Opiate Transition) and Wellness Programs. She is an active provider with experience in chronic non-cancer pain management, opiate use disorders, opiate dependency, medication-assisted treatments, education, and research. Her professional background consists of a First Responder Police Officer, Intensive Care Registered Nurse, Nursing Faculty, Lead Public Health Nurse II – COVID Emergency Response Team, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Zhanette has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Fresno State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing student at the University of Arizona with a scholarly focus on the opioid crisis. Zhanette has a divine passion to help people and serve her community. She volunteers as the lead coordinator for Brave Church outreach, “Brave Compassion”. She strives to continue conducting research to improve healthcare and increase the quality of life for people. She is passionate about education, healthcare policy, bioethics, holistic nursing, and motivated by core values that exemplify not only hard work, but honestly, humility, and gratitude. She plans to continue to represent leadership, excellence, innovation, and advocacy by improving nursing curricula, encompassing diversity, building healthy communities, improving healthcare equity, and strengthening healthcare by uplifting the vulnerable.  ~A joyful heart is good medicine~