Nicole is a Tobacco Cessation Specialist with Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center. She provides cessation services primarily in Manatee County as well as various behavioral health sites in GSAHEC’s service area. Before her role with GSAHEC, Nicole worked with Healthy Start Manatee and has extensive experience in the child welfare arena. Since obtaining her MA in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in 2013, Nicole has worked as a counselor for an employee assistance program and has completed an internship in substance abuse counseling at First Step of Sarasota.
Nicole, a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS), is passionate about assisting tobacco users to quit successfully and educating healthcare providers to address tobacco use among patients. Nicole is also a member of several community groups and partnerships working hard to achieve a Tobacco Free Florida.
When Nicole is not providing tobacco education and cessation services, she can be found spending time with her family outdoors, reading a great book, or relaxing with her family in the pirate ship kiddie pool.