Alicia was born in Southern Colorado. She is the oldest of three girls and comes from a family of educators. Her family moved to Colorado Springs where she ultimately graduated from High School and attended Beth El College of Nursing, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduated with honors.
She began her nursing career in New Mexico in 1992 at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center (UNMHSC). She worked at UNMHSC for 16 years in Critical Care, four of which were in the role of education.
While in the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Alicia was trained to care for Trauma, Surgical, Burn, Cardiothoracic, Liver Transplant, Neurosurgical, and Medical patients. She was also a member of core nurses that managed the intraaortic balloon pump and Continuous Venous Venous Hemofiltration therapy for ICU patients.
As the clinical nurse specialist for the Trauma Surgical Burn Sub Acute Care Unit, she was a member of the team that developed and lectured in the In house Critical Care Course. Alicia was also an active ACLS/BLS instructor and participated in the Mega Fest annually to train incoming interns and residents in ACLS/BLS.
For one year she was also an adjunct faculty member at Northern New Mexico Community College, where she lectured and facilitated clinical training for nursing students.
While attending graduate school, Alicia wore many hats her final years at UNMHSC. She was actively involved in creating an inpatient holding unit in the emergency department, writing and developing policies for the growing dialysis program for adult and pediatrics, and establishing a new Medical Sub Acute Care Unit in addition to providing training and education for all of these respective departments.
During her 16 years at UNMHSC, Alicia was employee of the month for the Trauma Surgical Burn Sub Acute Care Unit as well as the Staffing Office and in 2002 she was named UNMHSC Employee of the year.
She was also recognized and received the New Mexico Circle of Excellence Award in Critical Care in 2007 for the state of New Mexico. Alicia Graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico with her Masters in Science of Nursing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 2007. She was recognized by Sigma Theta Tao as the Outstanding Graduate Student for 2007.
Her career with Renal Medicine Associates began in January of 2008 . Since then she has been an active member and lecturer for the annual Nephrology Symposium developed at Renal Medicine Associates, Ltd.
Alicia is also an active preceptor of nurse practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist students in the hospital setting. She is a member of several national organizations which include: America Association of Critical Care Nurses, National Kidney Foundation, American Nephrology Nurses Association, and the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council.
Alicia spends her free time biking and traveling with her husband Frank and family. They are thrilled to be welcoming their first child this year.