Liz Price, RN
Founder and President, Nurse at Night, Inc.
I am blessed to have the two greatest jobs in the world: first, being a mom to the two most loving and incredible little boys, and second, working in a newborn nursery where I get to take part in the delivery of the most precious gifts of all – babies.
Every delivery I take part in reminds me that the love for your baby develops immediately and there are no words to describe the intensity of that love. At the same time, I remember the sleepless nights I had in the weeks to follow at home with each one of my babies, both having reflux.
I thought to myself many nights, “Is there someone out there I could trust? Is there someone who would be patient and kind? Is there someone who has experience with babies? Is there someone who likes staying up all night? Someone who could give me a few hours of rest so that I could be a better mom tomorrow?” This is where Nurse at Night began.
Graduating from nursing school in 2004, I took my first job at Roper St. Francis on the cardiac step-down unit where I remained for one year. It was such an amazing learning experience but knew all along that caring for babies was my passion and made the move to the Medical University of SC. There I worked for six years in the Newborn and Level II nurseries caring for healthy newborns and premature babies. It was such a joy to watch the little ones grow and develop. In 2011 I began working in the nursery at a local community hospital, where I currently work today.
Allyson Ackerman, RN
Allyson was born in Anderson, South Carolina. She graduated from Trident Technical College with her Associates Degree in Nursing in December 2003. Her first year after nursing school Allyson worked at Roper St. Francis on a cardiac unit with adult patients. In November 2004 she made the transition to caring for infants by taking a position in the level 2 nursery at MUSC where she worked for 4 years. Allyson then moved into her current position in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Allyson is very passionate and dedicated to her career as as neonatal nurse. Allyson and her husband Stevie live in Summerville and stay busy with their 3 young children. She loves being a nurse, wife, and most importantly a mommy.
Martha Beckman, RN
Martha was born in New Jersey but has called Charleston home for most of her life. Martha graduated from Trident Technical College with her Associates in Nursing in 2011 and began working on a Med Surg floor with an orthopedic focus. After about five years of caring for adults Martha was beyond excited for the opportunity to switch gears. She began her dream job of caring for newborn babies and moms at East Cooper working in the Newborn Nursery and Level II NICU. Martha truly enjoys helping families from assisting in their delivery and first days of life to helping our sweet little premies.
When not working Martha enjoys a good book, hiking and attempting to refinish furniture with her husband.
Tara Bell RN, BSN
Tara was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She graduated with her BSN in 1994. At graduation Tara knew she wanted a career in infant/maternal nursing. However, due to job availability, she began her nursing career in a medical/surgical unit. In 1995, she was hired for her first newborn nursery job at the Medical University of SC. In 1996 she went to work for Roper St. Francis Hospital newborn nursery, where she had the joy of attending deliveries, caring for term newborns, and teaching a community breastfeeding class.
In 1999, Tara went back to MUSC and worked in the pediatric nursing pool where she floated to the various pediatric units, as well as the NICU and newborn nurseries. In 2005, while remaining at MUSC, she switched from the float pool to calling Level II nursery “home”, where she is currently employed.
Outside of work, Tara and her husband enjoy life with their 14 year old son. They love spending free time training for half marathons together, traveling, family game nights, and singing in the Seacoast choir.
Chelsea Blevins, RN
Chelsea was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She graduated from nursing school in 2013, and after a year of working in the Emergency Department, was reminded of a time where she was privileged to do a clinical rotation in the nursery. She remembered the overwhelming gift it was to be with parents during their first few moments of meeting their newborn. Since 2014 she has been working in the nursery and loves every minute of it. “There is something so rewarding about educating parents and seeing them become more confident and independent with their newborn. I am honored to be a part of such a sweet time”. Chelsea has been married for seven years and her husband works in real estate and law. She enjoys singing at her church Cathedral of Praise and going to boxing classes at Title Boxing when she’s not working.
Jennifer Cann, RN
Jenn was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Essex Community College with her Associates degree in May 1997. Her first nursing job was in the NICU at University of Maryland Medical system. She also worked in San Francisco for 8 years in the NICU and Bellingham, Washington for 3 years in the Nursery before moving to Charleston about 2 years ago. She currently works at MUSC in the NICU. Jenn absolutely loves taking care of babies and is looking forward to helping you take care of your little one at home.
She currently lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband Casey and 2 girls, ages 3 and 7. They love hanging out with family and friends and spending time together as a family.
Becky Cole RN, BSN
Becky attended Clemson University and the Medical University of SC where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2000. She spent the next 12 years working in the Level II and Newborn Nurseries. She is currently employed by MUSC and another local community hospital where she provides care for premature, sick, and healthy babies. Becky has experience providing home care for multiples and is especially interested in providing breastfeeding support for new moms.
Becky and her husband live on Daniel Island with their two young sons. In her free time she enjoys going to the park with her boys, reading, and baking. Becky’s youngest has not been sleeping through the night very long so she understands the importance of a good night’s sleep!
KC Collins RN, BSN
KC was born in Ohio and grew up in Washington State. After high school, she decided to move back east to attend Elon University in North Carolina, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art. While at Elon, KC knew she also wanted a career in the medical field, specifically with neonates.
Shortly after graduation in 2005, she moved to Charleston, SC and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. Since then, she has been working as a RN in the Level II and Level I nurseries at MUSC. KC now lives on James Island, and works as both a nurse and a full time artist.
Lindsay Dangerfield RN, BSN
Lindsay was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She graduated with her BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2013. From the beginning of nursing school Lindsay always knew her heart was set on neonatal nursing. Lindsay was first hired at the Medical University of South Carolina directly after graduation into the pediatric float pool, where she worked on all pediatric units of the Children’s hospital. Soon after, she decided fulfill her dream of solely taking care of newborn infants and took a full time position in the level two nursery. Lindsay has learned so much, being a neonatal nurse. She can honestly say that being a neonatal nurse is her dream job and she has loved every minute of it!
Kristen Durkin RN, BSN
Kristen grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and later moved to Cleveland, Ohio to attend Case Western Reserve University to obtain her nursing degree. She always knew she would work in the pediatric field because she grew up enjoying babysitting and helping out at summer camps for kids. Kristen had the opportunity in nursing school to do a practicum in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and immediately fell in love with working with the babies and their families, and hoped one day she could get a nursing job in the field. Having that dream in mind, she was lucky enough to obtain a job right after graduation in the NICU in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been working in the field ever since.
Kristen recently moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC, after being offered a job in the NICU at MUSC. Not wanting to pass up warmer weather and the beach, she couldn’t think of a better opportunity than to be able to work in the nursing field she loves and experience the beautiful city of Charleston. Kristen is looking forward to working with families and their new little ones to offer a lending hand in whatever ways possible to ease the transition into parenthood. Outside of work, you can find Kristen outdoors at the beach, camping, hiking, and enjoying all that Charleston has to offer.
Kirsten Eberhart RN, BSN
Kirsten was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She attended Charleston Southern University and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013. After graduation she began working in the Level II Nursery and on the Mother/Baby Unit at Roper St. Francis Hospital. She regularly attends deliveries, cares for healthy and sick newborns, and assists mothers with breastfeeding. She is passionate about this area of nursing and loves assisting families during this exciting transition.
Kirsten and her husband enjoy traveling, the beach and spending time with their two-year-old son. They are excited to be adding a sweet baby girl to their family this spring. Being a mom is her favorite job and she looks forward to helping families settle into this new role.
Bonney Ellison, RN
Bonney was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Ole Miss for undergrad, and then received her RN from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2015. Bonney fell in love with helping mamas and started her career as a labor and delivery nurse in Jackson. She then moved to Charleston in 2017 when her husband started a new job. In November 2017, Bonney became a Certified Registered Nurse in Obstetrics. She currently works as an L&D/Postpartum nurse here in Mount Pleasant and loves caring for her mothers and their new babies, who doesn’t love a birthday everyday? She cannot imagine doing any other job and loves watching women turn into moms, and helping them gain confidence!
Bonney lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and their springer spaniel Gus. In her spare time she loves eating her way through Charleston, crocheting, and taking Gus to the beach.
Kim Fasanaro, RN
Kim was born in Charlotte North Carolina and has over 30 years’ experience as a registered nurse. In 1989 she graduated from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC with a degree in Nursing. Kim moved to the Charleston area 2 years ago with her husband and 4 children and lives in Mount Pleasant.
Her background is varied and initially worked in Adult Critical Care (ICU, CCU), Emergency and Home Health. But, for the last 22 years she has focused on Women’s and Children’s services working in PICU, Peds Oncology, Peds ER , Newborn and Special Care Nurseries and is currently working in Labor and Delivery. Being a mother of 4 including twin boys, she has had years of experience raising children.
Initially after moving to Charleston she worked at MUSC in the Peri- Natal Float pool (SCN, Mother/Baby and Ante Partum) but has settled now at ECMC working full time nights in Labor and Delivery. Kim has had years of experience attending deliveries and in Charlotte was trained in a certified “Baby Friendly” hospital at Novant Matthews Medical Center. Kim loves working with new mothers especially as they transition from the hospital to home. She is fortunate to use both her personal and work experience to help these new families bringing their newborns into the world.
On her days off, she enjoys watching her children at all their lacrosse events, spending time at the beach and has a huge passion for cooking.
Molly Fitzsimmons RN, BSN
Molly was born in Pittsburgh, P.A. and relocated to Mount Pleasant in 1995. She is the daughter of two nurses and always knew she wanted to grow up to be in the medical field. She was accepted to Clemson University’s Nursing program in the fall of 2007. She initially wanted to become a pediatric RN but quickly fell in love with caring for laboring women. She landed a coveted senior preceptorship on the intrapartum unit at Saint Francis Eastside in Greenville. After graduating magna cum laude with her BSN she was hired as a nurse on that same unit. After working there for a year and a half she traveled to Fredericksburg, VA with her fiance Kevin, where she worked on the labor and delivery unit at the very busy Mary Washington Hospital where they did 350+ deliveries every month. There, she was cross trained to care for postpartum couplets and also care of newborns in the Level II NICU. Four years later, Kevin’s military orders moved them to Swansboro, N.C. where she worked as a labor and delivery nurse at the Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.
Molly and Kevin welcomed their first baby girl, Macauley, in February 2017 and Molly has been a stay at home mom ever since and loving every minute of it. While Kevin, a Major in the United States Marine Corps is deployed overseas, she is currently residing in Charleston with family.
Beth Gray, RN
Beth was born in Savannah, Georgia and grew up in Wilmington, NC. While in high school she decided she wanted to be a nurse. Beth attended Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC and graduated in 1982. She continued to live in Charlotte and worked at Presbyterian Hospital for a year before moving to Charleston in August of 1983. Beth began working in the Neonatal Nurseries at MUSC at that time. She had planned to stay only a little while but life happened along the way.
Beth recently retired after almost 35 years, working in the nurseries the whole time. Beth has been married for 27 years and has two adult children. They will both be getting married next year. Beth is active in her church and enjoys going on mission trips. Beth took some time off after her retirement but found she missed working with “her” babies and families. Beth looks forward to helping new families and their newborns in the home setting.
Lizzie Hagood, RN
Lizzie is originally from Charleston and is thankful to call this beautiful city her home. She graduated from Clemson University in 2011 where she completed her Bachelors degree in Nursing. She originally decided to become a nurse after a mission trip to Honduras where she took care of babies in an orphanage. This is when she felt called to go into nursing. After graduating from Clemson, she moved to Washington, DC and worked on an oncology unit at Georgetown University Hospital.
After taking care of patients with cancer for several years, she had a change of heart in the area of nursing she wanted to work in. She realized that something was missing in her career. She was still longing to take care of babies like she did on her mission trips. She made the change in 2016 and has been so fulfilled by taking care of the moms and babies on the postpartum floor and nursery. There is so much joy and love surrounding this area of nursing and she has so much fun celebrating birthdays every day! In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and friends, going to the beach, and traveling.
Lauren Hall, RN, BSN
Lauren was born and raised in the Lowcountry. She attended Clemson University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and watched her tigers win the National Championship. She was drawn to nursing to help others in times of need when they are most vulnerable. Throughout her clinical rotations and volunteering at various camps for children with rare disorders, she knew she wanted to touch the lives of children and their families when she graduated. After graduating in 2016, she moved back to Charleston, where she landed her dream job in the MUSC Children’s Hospital Neonatal Nurseries. She loves taking care of her babies and watching them develop and grow! In her free time, she enjoys running outside, cooking and hanging out with her friends.
Johanna Hancock, BSN
Kelly Hatch, RN
Kelly is originally from Georgia but has lived in Charleston for most of her life. In 2009, she started working as a patient care technician in the postpartum unit at St. Francis Hospital and instantly knew that she was meant work with infants. Kelly graduated from Trident Technical College with her Associates in Nursing in 2011 and began working on the Neuro-Spine Unit at St. Francis.
In 2014, Kelly finally made the transition caring for new mothers and their infants in the postpartum unit at MUSC where she gained experience for two years. She became a mother herself in 2015 and took a dream position in the Level II nursery at St. Francis that same year. There she attends deliveries and cares for healthy and sick infants. Kelly recently earned her certification as a Lactation Counselor and often assists mothers with breastfeeding.
Kelly and her husband currently live in West Ashley and enjoy chasing after their son and two dogs
Allison Ivy, RN
Allison has been caring for infants and toddlers for 10+ years. She began her career as an Infant Early Education Teacher in Wisconsin where she is from. She worked with families and their babies from birth to 2. She attended nursing school in Virginia and began working in a high acuity NICU with sick and premature babies after graduation. She has worked for 8 hospitals across the US, as a staff nurse and as a travel nurse. Allison has experience in Neonatal Intensive Care level 3 and 4, Pediatric Cardiac ICU, Pediatric ER, Pediatric ICU and most recently Level 2 NICU and Mother/Baby.
Allison met her husband here in Charleston and now calls the Lowcountry home. Raising 3 girls keeps them busy and their lives full and fun. Their newest little one had a difficult time learning to sleep and Liz was a lifesaver with Moms on call! Allison believes in the program and knows first hand that it works! It was such a huge help for her family she wants to help other sleep deprived families get the rest they need too.
Kelli Kinsman RN, BSN
Kelli is a Charleston native who was raised in Hanahan and graduated in 1980 with a degree in nursing. She has over 30 years of experience in both pediatrics, newborn and level 2 care. She worked as both a charge nurse and staff RN in general pediatrics at MUSC and recieved the coveted daisy award in 2009. She left her position at MUSC so she could travel freely with her husband who worked in different states as a pediatric neurologist. Now their residence is a permanent one in Hanahan.
Kelli loved the interaction and joy that nursing provides and would once again love to bring support to families and babies in need. In her spare time she enjoys playing piano and drawing all the architecture that is Charleston! She and her husband also love spending time with their four daughters and four grandchildren.
Michelle Kornahrens, RN
Michelle was born and raised in Charleston, SC. Michelle always knew she wanted to work with infants and during nursing school took a job as a nurse extern in the Level 1/Level 2 nursery at St. Francis Hospital. After graduating in 2004 from nursing school, she was immediately hired on as a staff nurse where she continued to work for 8 years. At St. Francis she attended deliveries, taught parents about their newborns, helped with breastfeeding, and took care of some mildly ill infants.
In 2012 Michelle began working at MUSC in the NICU which is what she had always wanted to do. However she missed taking care of families and helping them transition to becoming parents, so she decided to join the ‘Nurse at Night’ team.
Outside of work, Michelle and her husband enjoy spending as much time as possible with their precious daughter Abbigail. She also spends time with her husband working on his food truck. Her other interests are spending time with friends and family, painting, running and fitness in general.
Lauren Lacey RN, BSN
Lauren attended Charleston Southern University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013. She accepted her first nursing job at Roper Hospital on the cardiac step-down unit in downtown Charleston. After two years of receiving invaluable training and experience working with adults, she was offered a position on the Mother/Baby Unit at St. Francis Hospital. Shortly after gaining experience working with mothers and babies she was offered her dream job in the Level II Nursery at St. Francis.
Lauren says, “I love working with newborns and their families as they venture on this brand new journey in life. Helping moms with breastfeeding and the care of their babies is so rewarding and brings me a great sense of purpose.” In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and trying out the latest Charleston restaurant to open.
Kari is a graduate of Florida State University. She has over 21 years neonatal ICU experience and is currently employed at MUSC in a pediatric staffing pool which requires work in the Pediatric ICU as well as the Neonatal ICU, Level 2 nursery, and the Pediatric ER. Despite her high level of experience, she has always preferred to care for babies and looks forward to making the transition of caring for your baby seamless by helping you to get your rest.
While on a traveling nurse assignment here in Charleston, she met her husband of 16 years. They spent 5 years traveling the country working in Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Units and eventually settled in the Low Country. They live downtown and have two fantastic children, a 13 year old son and a 10 year old daughter. Together they enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and summers at the beach.
Marnie Massenet RN, BSN
Marnie grew up in a Marine Corps household and traveled through much of her childhood until her arrival to South Carolina. Marnie initially studied Computer Engineering at Clemson but quickly found that this was not her passion. Marnie was blessed enough to spend a few years at home with her three daughters before heading back to MUSC to graduate with a BSN in 2009 and begin a new and rewarding career.
Marnie has worked for the past ten years in various aspects of newborn and infant care with experience in Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, and Level II Nursing. She loves caring for both new mothers, new families, and and most of all babies! She has always worked and thrived on a nightshift schedule.
Marnie lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband and their three busy and beautiful daughters ages 18, 16, and 14.
Melissa “Missy” McBryde, RN
Missy was born in the Washington, D.C. area and was raised in Savannah, GA from the age of five. She graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Prior to nursing school, she volunteered in a crisis pregnancy care center in her hometown and knew from that point that she was meant to be caring for infants and children. Immediately following graduation, she began working at the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah.
Missy moved to Charleston in September 2018 and began working on the Infant Care Unit at MUSC. She has always known that she wanted to find a career that would serve her community in some way and has fulfilled that desire by working with children. She truly looks forward to helping your family by caring for your little one. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with a good book and spending time with her fiance and family.
Alyssa McConnell RN, BSN
Alyssa grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated summa cum laude from Malone University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Since then she has spent 3 years caring for infants and children in the Pediatric ICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an additional 3 years as a PICU travel nurse and float pool nurse in various hospitals across the country. It was on a travel nursing assignment that she fell in love with the Lowcountry and is happy to now call Charleston home.
She feels blessed to have found her dream job in a local Level II nursery in 2016. Alyssa says:
“Caring for healthy, sick, and premature babies and attending their deliveries is such fulfilling work. I look forward to also serving local families outside of the hospital to help maximize parents’ rest and peace of mind after their baby’s arrival.” Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys taking her golden retriever to the beach, date nights with her husband, traveling, and visiting family.
Lori McNamara RN
Lori was born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She married and moved to Charleston where she finished Nursing School. She graduated from Medical University of SC Nursing School in 1982. She began her nursing career in the Neonatal unit at MUSC. Lori in the last part of her career was blessed to work in Special Care Nursery the night shift a step down unit of Neonatal ICU until she retired in May 2018. Lori and her husband John of 39 years live on James Island. Lori has raised three sons and so far has no grandchildren. Lori is looking forward to working with families by lending a helping hand and nurture their newborns. Lori wants to offer a peace of mind to parents so they can have a restful night.
Jessica Mertens BSN RN
Jessica was born in Queens, NY and moved to Charleston when she was 6 months old. Jessica has always had a passion for kids and became a babysitter at the young age of 12. Her mother is a Neonatal nurse and so infant care has been ingrained in her since she was a young girl. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with her BSN in 2017 and quickly accepted a job at MUSC in the 8 special care nursery and hopes to advance to a Neonatal nurse in the future! She loves seeing the little ones as they grow and form bonds/relationships with their parents and other loved ones! In her free time, Jessica likes to lounge on the beach or read a good book!
Allison Millerick BSN RN
Allison is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and recently moved to James Island. She attended Umass Boston where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She also has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and experience working as an ABA therapist with children on the Autism spectrum. During her nursing rotations she was lucky enough to complete her preceptorship at Boston Children’s Hospital where she cared for children of all ages with various illnesses. She found that she loved getting to know the families on a more personal level so went on to work at a private pediatric practice in Cambridge Massachusetts as an RN.
After gaining more experience with infant care in the outpatient setting she decided she would like to work primarily with the newborn and infant patient population. Allison now works at MUSC on the infant care unit and absolutely loves it here. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Charleston and going to the beach every chance she can get!
Shelly Norvell RN, BSN
Shelly is from Moncks Corner and loves living in the Lowcountry. Currently she lives in Park Circle with her husband who is also an RN. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from College of Charleston in 1999, earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from MUSC in 2002 and went back to MUSC in 2010 to pursue nursing as a second career.
She worked as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist for 8 years and has worked as an RN in the Medical University of South Carolina special care nurseries since January 2012. Shelly has years of experience with children of all ages in speech, language and feeding therapy in the home health, hospital and outpatient setting. Her passion is working closely with families and caring for neonates as they transition through various developmental phases. Although she enjoys the busy and challenging hospital setting, she is excited to bring her experience back into the home as well in nurturing infants and teaching families for Nurse at Night. In her free time, Shelly enjoys spoiling her yorkie (Maggie Mae), running, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with her husband, friends and family, including her little niece and nephew.
Gigi Raju RN, BSN
Gigi was raised in Yonkers, New York. She graduated with her BSN from SUNY Binghamton in 2006. She always knew she wanted to work with pediatrics, so she began her nursing career at Blythedale Children’s Hospital where she cared for children of all ages, aiding them in their transition from a hospital setting to their home. In 2008 she moved to Summerville, SC. For a brief time Gigi worked with adults as an Ortho/Neuro/Stroke nurse, but in 2011 when her godson spent over a month in the NICU, she realized how much she missed working with children. In April, she was hired for her first Newborn/Level 2 nursery job at Summerville Medical Center. She has lost count of how many babies she has cared for but knows this is where she belongs.
When she is not working, her days are spent with her lovable husband, her 17 month old son and her puppy. She enjoys spending time with good friends she’s made since moving to SC and visiting her family back in NY.
Sara Rizzi RN, BSN
Sara was raised in Ohio where she grew up babysitting neighbors and teaching swim lessons to kids. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human and Health Sciences in 2007. She traveled for work after graduation but knew she always wanted to be a nurse. In 2012 she graduated from the University of South Carolina-Beaufort where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing.
Shortly after graduating, she moved to Texas and began her career. After working a few years in nursing, she began working in the Mother/Baby units assisting with postpartum care, and was later given the opportunity to work in Labor and Delivery. She has enjoyed being a part of the special moments helping families transition to the role of parents. Sara recently moved back to SC with her husband and son and are enjoying exploring Charleston.
Chelsea Salisbury, RN
Chelsea was raised in the small town of Reevesville, SC, but spent much time in Charleston. After moving away for school as a Fashion Design major at the Savannah College of Art and Design, she soon changed her major to nursing and graduated in 2013 from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Unlike most new graduates, she immediately began her nursing career in the Newborn Nursery and Level II Nursery in Sumter, SC. There she grew in her skills and education, working with newborns and learning every day. After one year, Chelsea was blessed with an opportunity to get back to the Carolina coast and was offered a job in Mount Pleasant. She began working in the Newborn Nursery and Level II NICU and continues to work there today. She feels overwhelmingly blessed and loves what she does, watching these tiny miracles advance and grow in their first days of life. She also recently moved to the Charleston area in the Fall of 2014 with her 2 dogs, Remi and Nova. Chelsea also recently became a certified Lactation Specialist in February.
Nora Sands RN, BSN
Nora grew up just outside of Washington, DC in Silver Spring, Maryland. Growing up she was a frequent babysitter in her neighborhood and always knew her passion was working with children. After high school she obtained her BSN from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she completed clinicals at the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Following graduation she then immediately moved to the warmer climates of Charleston to begin her career as a pediatric nurse.
Nora currently works at MUSC Children’s Hospital on the Infant Care Medical-Surgical Unit, which specializes in the care of infants and toddlers. Additionally, Nora volunteers with Camp Rise Above, an organization that hosts summer camp sessions for children with various disabilities in the greater Charleston area. When she’s not working or volunteering, Nora can be found doing anything outside, from hiking and kayaking to reading a book on the beach.
Ashley Smoak RN, BSN
Ashley was raised on James Island and stayed in Charleston to pursue a career in nursing at the Medical University’s College of Nursing. In 2001, after recieving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she joined the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Team at MUSC where she practiced for 5 years. After having her first child, Ashley transitioned to a position at a local community hospital taking care of newborns and their families while assisting in their delivery and first days of life. She also served as a leader for the weekly newborn care class. She now works in the level two nursery that provides care to premature and sick babies. Ashley and her husband enjoy the coastal living Charleston provides and most importantly love spending time with their two fast growing children.
Anna Snyder RN, BSN
Anna was born and raised in Lexington, South Carolina. She moved to Charleston when she attended Charleston Southern University where she graduated with her BSN in 2017. After college she spent a year working on a Med Surg floor caring for mostly post-op orthopedic patients. About 9 months ago she made the switch to mother/baby which had always been her dream.
Anna is very passionate and dedicated to helping moms transition into their new role and helping them care for their newborns. Before becoming a nurse Anna was a junior volunteer in the special care nursery for 2 years. She always loved being around children and would babysit for family and friends, but the special care nursery is were she developed her passion for nursing and caring for babies. Anna lives in Summerville, SC with her sister and 3 dogs. She enjoys cross stitching, exploring Charleston, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Priscilla Tahara RN, BSN
Priscilla was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Brazil when she was 3. She lived there until she was 13 and then moved to beautiful Charleston, SC. She graduated with a BSN from Clemson University in 2009.
Priscilla was a premature baby (staying in the NICU for 2 months) so growing up she always knew she wanted to be a NICU/Special Care Nursery nurse. Upon graduation, she got a job at Bon Secours St. Francis in Midlothian, VA on the Mother and Infant Unit where she worked for 4 years. As much as she loved her job, she always felt a pull to come back to Charleston and work at MUSC and in June 2014, she got that exact opportunity. Priscilla currently works in the Special Care Nursery and loves her job. She feels lucky to work with such wonderful nurses but, most importantly, to take care of the strongest and mightiest little and big babies.
Outside of work, Priscilla loves to sing and has recently found a new passion in ballroom dancing!!!
Kim Teixeira RN, BSN
Kim was born and raised in Walterboro, SC. She started her career in healthcare as a CNA working weekends at Colleton Medical Center where she took part in an apprenticeship in labor and delivery. In 1999 Kim graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Lander University. From May 1999 to October 2002, Kim worked for Charleston ENT. After working a few years in a private practice, Kim decided to pursue her dreams of working with premature babies. She began working in the newborn and Level II nurseries at the Medical University of SC in October 2002 and continues to work there today. Kim feels that she has the best job in the hospital and is honored to have the opportunity to care for these babies and watch their growth as they prepare to go home. In her personal life Kim, is blessed with a precocious seven-year-old son that brings her endless joy.
Madison Tepfenhart RN, BSN
Madison was born in Ontario, Canada and raised in the Charlotte area. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Newberry College in 2017. She then moved to Charleston to work at the Medical University of South Carolina. There she is a part of the medical-surgical pediatric staffing pool which includes taking care of patients on the Cardiac Step-Down, PICU Step-Down, Hematology/Oncology Floor, Psychiatric floor, Level II Nursery, Infant Care Floor, and the Pediatric Med-Surg Floor. She was drawn to pediatric nursing for her drive to help children when they are most vulnerable. In her free time she loves to read books, go to the beach, and go kayaking.
Jennifer Undari RN, BSN
Jennifer grew up in Clinton, SC and moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston. She graduated from MUSC with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her first job was back home at an inpatient hospice house and later moved back to Charleston to work in a doctors office with all ages. She finally landed her dream job at MUSC in the Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and has been there a year. When Jennifer is not working she is playing tennis with her boyfriend and friends.
Kaela A. Veronda, RN, BSN, CLS
Kaela was born in Southern California. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New Mexico State University in 2012. She was lucky enough to quickly find a job doing what she loved, working with women through their labor, delivery, and in helping them take care of their sweet babies!
In 2014, Kaela moved to the Charleston area to be closer to some of her family. Kaela became a Certified Lactation Specialist in 2015. After having worked as a L&D nurse in Mt Pleasant for a few years, Kaela embarked on the adventure of travel nursing! She spent a year working in L&D units in hospitals of different sizes, with patients of all kinds, in places all over the country. Kaela came back to the Charleston area to stay in November of 2017 and accepted a full time position at a local hospital working in their L&D and Postpartum units!
When she’s not working, Kaela and her husband love trying new restaurants, attending community events/festivals, and taking their fur babies to dog parks and beaches!
Jodi Wager RN, BSN
Jodi grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors Degree in Health Education in 1996, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in 2000. While in nursing school she worked as a nanny for two families and quickly fell in love with babies and helping families transition to the amazing world of being new parents.
She started her nursing career in the Level 2 NICU in Salt Lake City, then traveled as a NICU nurse for the next three years with her husband. She arrived on her sailboat in 2005 to work in the NICU at MUSC and fell in love with Charleston. She now has over 17 years of Neonatal ICU and Level 2 Nursery experience. After a year in the NICU she started working in the Critical Care Pediatric staffing pool which includes taking care of patients in the Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU, Peds Cardiac ICU, Level 2 Nursery and Peds ER.
“I love working with parents and giving them the tools to feel confident to take care of the most precious gift of all …. their child.”
When I’m not working I love spending time with my loving husband, and two amazing children, 8 and almost 2 years old. We love to travel, hike in the mountains and go on fun adventures in the outdoors.
Kelly Ann Ward RN, BSN
Kelly Ann has over 11 years experience in obstetrical nursing and is a certified childbirth educator. After working with laboring moms, coaching them through deliveries and teaching them how to care for their new babies throughout her career, Kelly Ann knows what women need on their journey of motherhood. Kelly Ann strives to empower, educate and be a vocal advocate for every mom that she works with.
Kelly Ann received her BSN from Charleston Southern University in 2007. She developed a perinatal nurse navigator program for a local community hospital to ensure moms and their families have access to the best care possible and to increase patient and physician satisfaction.
Kelly Ann recently joined Junior League of Charleston and volunteers with Postpartum Support Charleston. When not working with moms, Kelly Ann enjoys taking advantage of Charleston’s many waterways. In addition to sailing, Kelly Ann is devoted to rescuing animals of all sizes. She describes herself as a “foster failure” and admits that once she brings them home they are there to stay.