A five foot seven, soft spoken, Birmingham, Alabama native, Dr. K, grew up in the inner city of the civil right’s landmark. Dr. K beat the odds of the struggle by heeding to the voice of her mother how important and necessary it is to get an education. The life of Dr. K bears witness to this evolution.

Educated in the public school system and is a proud graduate of C. W. Hayes High School, where she is an active alumna. Keeping it moving forward earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. K began her career of service working in local medical facilities as a Registered Nurse. Disciplines under which she served included neonatal care, critical coronary care, adult travel immunizations and tuberculosis control. Her stint in public health motivated Dr. K to pursue a Masters of Science degree from the Ida Moffett Nursing School at Samford University in Homewood, AL. Her licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner followed. Dr. K found a passion for disease control while working in the public health arena which steered her path to making a difference in the lives of service men and women. As an infectious disease coordinator, she has served in direct patient care, case management, family teaching and counseling and coalescing with physicians to assess patient care regimens. Dr. K has conducted classes and workshops in HIV education, promoting a well-rounded approach to patient care by addressing ethical issues, evaluating research data and community education. Promoting team building to ensure quality patient care, Dr. K collaborates with other health professionals to develop new policies to improve environmental conditions and sanitation procedures in HIV clinics while working closely with healthcare organizations such as the CDC, WHO and public health departments to monitor new approaches to infectious disease control and formulating implementation. Her dedication to medical care and instruction made it only fitting to pursue her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.

Always looking for new strategies in patient care, Dr. K has dedicated her expertise to the development of comprehensive strategies to alleviate stigmas and perception of HIV infection while improving quality of life and care for patients and their families. Her years of patient care and observations prompted her to found the VET to VET HIV support group, offering support to HIV infected veterans and their families. Her heart for those afflicted with HIV reaches from patients in clinical settings to those within prison walls. Her hard work and studies are deemed a benefit to all those she serves as well as granting her membership in the scholastic Golden Key Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau. She has received awards for quality management in public health. After devoting several hours daily to the care of others, Dr. K notes her greatest reward is her “second shift” at the end of her day with her two children, Robert and Gariel.