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School-Based Health

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Photo of Kathryn King Cristaldi, M.D., MHSKathryn King Cristaldi, M.D., MHS, is the Medical Director for School Based Health and an assistant professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital. She directs the clinical care and programmatic functioning of both in-person and telemedicine School Based Health Centers and provides clinical care to students.

Dr. Cristaldi has a special interest in extending the reach of primary care and preventative medicine to underserved children through school based health. Hailing from a rural area herself, she has sought out opportunities to become involved in the local community to ensure the health and wellness of school children. Dr. Cristaldi is dedicated to exploring public health solutions that utilize involvement of key stakeholders at each level of the sociologic framework to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to address Health care disparities. In this role she continues to use her research skills and experience leveraging partnerships between school, medical and local community personnel in order to successfully increase access to health care in rural communities.

Dr. Cristaldi received her undergraduate education at the University of Dayton and earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her pediatric residency at MUSC, and an academic generalist fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, earning a Master of Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Elana Wells, MPH, CHES, is the School-Based Health Manager at MUSC Health. She is responsible for overseeing the administrative components of both the telehealth and onsite School-Based Health Centers including the development, implementation, and expansion efforts. Previously serving as the program coordinator for a state-wide childhood obesity prevention program offered in schools, Elana has experience working in schools in underserved communities.

Elana earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in Communication Studies and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She participated in the School-Based Health Alliance Leadership Fellows Program and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Photo of Kelli Garber, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BCKelli Garber, MSN, APRN, PPCNP-BC, is the Lead Advanced Practice Provider and Clinical Integration Specialist for the Center for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to overseeing the clinical operations of the MUSC School-Based Health Program, Ms. Garber is responsible for providing direct patient care to children across the state of South Carolina who are enrolled in the program. Working in tandem with the School-Based Health Manager, Ms. Garber is responsible for the development and implementation of projects which support the mission of the School-Based Health Program. Ms. Garber also oversees the education and training for school nurses who partner with MUSC to bring telemedicine into their schools.

In addition to her work with the School-Based Health Program, Ms. Garber works closely with advanced practice providers throughout MUSC as they implement telemedicine in their respective disciplines. She also provides telehealth education and consultation services to Health care providers across the state of South Carolina. She is currently the Legislative Chair and President Elect of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and is an active member of the National NAPNAP Health Policy Committee.

Ms. Garber has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for over 20 years and has extensive pediatric experience in both private practice and school-based settings. Ms. Garber received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Science Degree in advanced practice pediatric nursing at the University of Maryland. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

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Leigh Arden Beck, MSN, APRN, CPNP, is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Medical University of South Carolina’s School-Based Clinics and Telehealth Program. She provides primary and acute care both in person and via telehealth to school-aged children throughout the state of South Carolina in School-Based Health Centers. As a compassionate member of the School-Based Clinics and Telehealth team, Mrs. Beck strives to make a difference in the lives of school-aged children and their families by providing the highest level of quality individualized Health care to meet the personal needs of each student in the care of a School-Based Health Center.

She has over ten years of experience as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in both private practice pediatric primary care and in the MUSC Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department. She has also been a member of the undergraduate faculty at Charleston Southern University’s College of Nursing as an Instructor of Pediatrics as well as a pediatric clinical instructor for both the CSU and MUSC Colleges of Nursing. Early in her career, she worked as a pediatric nurse on various units throughout the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Mrs. Beck received a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing. Mrs. Beck is Board Certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

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Paula Brooks, DNP, FNP-BC, MBA, APRN, is a School-Based Health Nurse Practitioner for the MUSC Center for Telehealth. She received several degrees from the University of Massachusetts beginning with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science 1985. Dr. Brooks later received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (1998) and a Master Degree in Business Administration (2017). She received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Massachusetts Boston in 2012.

Dr. Brooks began her APRN career as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1998 in a primary care setting. She then worked full-time in the Emergency Department from 2000 to 2005. In 2005-2010 she worked part time in the Emergency Department and full-time as the lead Nurse Practitioner, from 2005 to 2016, for the department of General Surgery. She has published four articles and co-authored a book on the Advanced Health Assessment of Women. She also teaches Advanced Pharmacology to Graduate students part-time online as a professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston Nursing Program.

She moved to South Carolina in 2016 to accept the position as the Director of Advanced Practice Nurses at MUSC. In addition to her role as APRN Director, Dr. Brooks began providing care in person and via telehealth to children in schools across SC as part of the School-Based Health team at MUSC in December of 2016.

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Katherine Chike-Harris, DNP, CPNP, NE, is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Medical University of South Carolina’s School-based Health program. Dr. Chike-Harris has been practicing as a primary care nurse practitioner for over 7 years, working with the underserved population in a variety of settings. She currently provides primary and acute care to school aged children in School-Based Health Centers both in person and through telehealth. Dr. Chike-Harris has a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry with a math minor from Augusta State University and has worked in a variety of research settings with MUSC for 12 years before returning to school for nursing. Dr. Chike-Harris received her MSN in pediatrics in 2009, followed by her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in pediatric nursing and her master’s as a nurse educator (NE) in 2011 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing.

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Dorothy Lynn Floyd, BSN, RN, CRRN, is the Lead Wellness Coordinator/Telepresenter for the School Based Telehealth Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. She collaborates with administrative, technical, and clinical staff at MUSC, and county schools to promote the sustainability and functional efficiency of the School-Based Telehealth program. Lynn serves as a liaison working with school staff, becoming integrated into the wellness culture of the schools in her area. She is responsible for relationship building, and has familiarity with challenges facing families who attend underserved schools.

Lynn received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical experience of over thirty years spans many areas including ICU, Obstetrics, Ortho/Neuro, Physical Rehabilitation, Neurodiagnostics/Vascular, Nursing Administration, Home Health, and School Nursing. Lynn has a national certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has a special love for public health nursing. She joined the telehealth team in 2015.

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Nikki McDaniel, LPN, is the School-Based Nurse at Meeting Street Elementary School at Brentwood. Ms. McDaniel attended Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in her hometown, Orangeburg, South Carolina. She received her Licensed Practical Nurse Certification in 1999. She has been a nurse for 18 years. Her work experience consists of 15 years of long-term care,1 year of home health care, and 3 years in ambulatory care at MUSC in Dermatology and Internal Medicine.

In 2017, Ms. McDaniel transferred within MUSC to Telehealth School-Based Health where she is now a School-Based Health Nurse.

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Stephanie Merrell, LPN serves as the Kidswell Nurse for the School-Based Telehealth Program. She has served in this role since 2012, and began as an employee of the Nursing Services Department of the Charleston County School District. Stephanie works within five brick and mortar schools providing direct patient care and education to children. In addition to those duties, she also runs the ADHD Clinic developed during the 2015 to 2016 school year.

Stephanie has been a licensed practical nurse since 1999, and has a several years of experience in a variety of areas, including in-home care, school nursing, and child psychiatry. She enjoys serving the community, and educating children on their health care needs.

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Christian Miley joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth in July 2015 as the Administrative Assistant for the School base Health Center. Christian directly works within School-based clinics, also known as KidsWell School-Based Health Clinics. KidsWell was established in 2011 in partnership with Medical University of South Carolina to provide Health care to students within school. Christian also provides Administrative Support to the SBHC team. Ms. Miley is also a Medical Assistant which makes her clinical support helpful to the team. Since joining the MUSC team Ms. Miley has been a facilitator for the open airways program to the students within the schools on asthma precautions and a healthier environment. Ms. Miley has a passion for educating our youth and hopes to continue this process.

Christian Miley graduated from Herzing University where she obtained her Associates in Science degree. Ms. Miley has been in the Administrative Assistant role prior to joining the MUSC team. Ms. Miley worked at Davita dialysis for 6 years as both Administrative Assistant and Patient Care Tech.

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Lorrie Smart, LPN, is the School-Based Health Telepresenter in Sumter County. Ms. Smart received her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from the Sumter School of Practical Nursing in 1991. Her nursing experience includes dialysis, public health nursing, pediatric office and triage nursing, and most recently school nursing. Her passion lies with the school children she cared for during the last seventeen years. Ms. Smart joined the School-Based Health team in 2017. Her goal is to increase access to medical care for the children of Sumter, while providing support to the parents and nurses within the schools.

Regan Stewart, Ph.D.,is the director of the Telehealth Outreach Program (TOP) in the College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. She treats students with trauma induced mental health issues.Dr. Stewart is also an assistant professor and bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist in the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program. She received a BA in Spanish and an MA in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston. She received an MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi. She completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship with the Charleston Consortium Clinical Psychology Internship Program at MUSC and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Disparities Among Trauma-Exposed Youth at the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program at MUSC. Her clinical and research interests center on addressing mental health disparities for underserved trauma-exposed youth (e.g., ethnic/racial minority, economically disadvantaged, rural/urban), particularly through the use of innovative service-delivery models, including community-based and telehealth technology. Over the course of her academic training and career, she has been actively involved in multiple grant-funded projects evaluating (1) telemental health as a means of improving health disparities among underserved youth and (2) community-based service provision as a method of reducing barriers to trauma treatment for ethnic minority youth and families. Additionally, Dr. Stewart currently serves as Co-Investigator on multiple projects in the U.S. and in Latin America focused on improving access to and completion of evidence-based trauma-focused treatment for Latino/a populations.

Meg Wallace, MSW, is a licensed Master’s Social Worker and the Clinic Coordinator for the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She completed her undergraduate coursework at the College of Charleston, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Ms. Wallace earned her Master’s in Social Work from the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. She completed her generalist practice internship at the NCVC and her advanced practice internship at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC). Ms. Wallace has been trained in evidence-based treatment of trauma related mental health issues, specifically focusing on child abuse and loss by homicide. For the last five years, Ms. Wallace has served as the coordinator for a federally funded Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) service grant aimed to improve resources for survivors of homicide and victims of crime with barriers to traditional, office-based treatment. In addition, for the last three years, Ms. Wallace has worked on a Duke Endowment providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children and adolescents across the state via a school-based telemental health program. Ms. Wallace has expertise in traumatic loss, evidence based trauma treatment, and community based mental health approaches.