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Meet the NET SMART Staff



Dr. Anne Alexandrov is Professor and Program Director for NET SMART at the Health Outcomes Institute, LLC in Fountain Hills, Arizona, a Professor of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Memphis, and a Professor of Nursing at Australian Catholic University, in Sydney, Australia.  Dr. Alexandrov received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1993 with a concentration in Emergency and Critical Care.  She received her PhD from Texas Woman’s University in 2002, which focuses on integrated systemic and intracranial hemodynamics.  Dr. Alexandrov was the FY-2000 National President of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).  She was the first nurse member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations’ Neurologic Device Approval Panel (1997-2000) and is currently serving a second term on this panel.  She was a member of the original National Quality Forum (NQF) Steering Committee on Safe U.S. Health Care Practices (1999-2003), and Co-Chaired the NQF’s Stroke Committee that selected the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid core measures for pay-for-performance and public reporting. She is also a 2-term past member of the Board of Commissioners of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Dr. Alexandrov developed the reviewer role for The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Stroke Center Certification Program and conducted the first 20 reviews of hospitals competing for this recognition. Most recently, she served on the Technical Advisory Panel for TJC’s Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification program, and currently she serves on the TJC Stroke Performance Measure Panel.  She is a founding member of the Association of Neurovascular Clinicians, and currently serves as Chair for Certification and Certification Examination Architect for the NVRN and ANVP board certifications.  She has authored numerous original scientific publications related to her work in the area of stroke reperfusion therapies, experimental blood flow augmentation strategies, and stroke center development and credentialing.  Dr. Alexandrov’s many honors include the 2013 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Flame of Excellence Award for her work in acute stroke, induction as an Honorary Ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses in 2012, the UAB Graduate School Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award in 2012, the Birmingham Metro Nurse of the Year Award in 2010, induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2004, the ASA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003, the American Heart Association’s Stroke Manuscript of the Year Award in 2003, the ASA Texas Affiliate’s Excellence in Volunteer Leadership Award in 2002, and the John P. McGovern Teaching Excellence Award from UTHSC-Houston in 1999.


Practice Site: Methodist University Hospital, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Memphis, Tennessee USA.

Wendy Dusenbury

Dr. Wendy Dusenbury is an Assistant Professor at Wichita State University in Wichita Kansas and is a Nurse Practitioner for the University of Tennessee Health Science Mobile Stroke Unit in Memphis Tennessee. She received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1994, Masters of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University in 1998, Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2014 with a focus on acute stroke management, and a post masters certificate in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Nebraska in 2017. Dr. Dusenbury completed the NETSMART AP program in 2013 and earned her ANVP board certification in 2014. Wendy has experience in program development, opening 1 of 2 comprehensive stroke centers in Kansas.  Along with acute stroke management, her interests include development and utilization of nontraditional specialized teams for stroke care.  Wendy has presented and published both nationally and internationally and currently serves as the president elect for the Association of Neurovascular Clinicians.


Alison McLoughlin

Alison McLoughlin is an academic research nurse based at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK. She has worked for several years in close collaboration with Professor Caroline Watkins and Dr Liz Lightbody and others in the Clinical Practice Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. She has been involved with various projects including Emergency Stroke Calls: Obtaining rapid Telephone Triage (ESCORTT) and Acute Stroke Telemedicine: Utility, Training and Evaluation (ASTUTE).  It is through this close collaboration that she was offered a place as one of the first UK cohort on the NETSMART-AP fellowship. She managed to complete her on site validation as part of a trip funded through a Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship made possible through the generosity of the Atkinson Morley and Amandus Club Neuroscience. Her aim now is to use the knowledge and strong collaborations made to enhance her research career.  She serves as faculty at the Royal Preston Stroke Unit. 

Sharon Biby

Sharon Biby is a Nurse Practitioner and Stroke Coordinator at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina, located in the buckle of the U.S. Stroke Belt.  She received her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is certified as an adult (ANP) and geriatric nurse practitioner (GNP), as well as an advanced neurovascular practitioner (ANVP-BC). Sharon was a member of the first graduating class of the NET SMART AP Fellowship program; she has presented her work in stroke nationally and internationally.

Tom Taylor

Clifford ‘Tom’ Taylor has been in the paramedical and nursing profession for the past 38 plus years.  Working initially in the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy Medical Services for 18 years, pre hospital, including front line military action, general hospital work and finally as a Clinical Teacher in the Royal Naval Medical Staff School, he has an extensive background in Orthopedics, Trauma and Rehabilitation.  On leaving the Royal Navy in 1995 he entered the U.K.’s National Health Service and has worked in various operational positions as a Nurse Specialist, Senior Nurse and in Middle and Senior Management roles. He entered the world of Stroke in 2009 as the Clinical Nurse Manager of a Stroke Rehabilitation Unit; he fell in love with the speciality and moved to Acute Stroke services in 2011. Tom is now the Lead Stroke Coordinator / Stroke Specialist Nurse at The Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust in Cheshire, United Kingdom. Tom completed the NET SMART AP Neurovascular Fellowship Program in 2014 becoming the first UK ANVP, and was awarded by the faculty with the NET SMART Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding knowledge and clinical performance. Working as a single Stroke Coordinator, Tom was pivotal in the redesign and delivery of acute stroke services within his Trust, successfully driving significant improvements in service delivery and performance.  His success has resulted in the employment of 2 new Stroke Coordinators where he has been central to their support, education and training.  Tom is also leading delivery of NETSMART Junior in the UK.  His passion for clinical care delivery and impromptu education has left him with a reputation as a font of knowledge.

Steve DiBiase
BFA, Program Manager

Steve has been with NET SMART from the beginning. He has created the webbase and graphics for this program. He is a small town guy from Maine who went to college at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Steve is the main contact for all the users in both NET SMART programs. 

Alexis Wojner
Director, Research Management

  Alexis joined the NET SMART team in 2010.  She oversees the business aspects of the program, including student accounts, progression and graduation.  Originally from Houston, Texas, she  graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Communications. 

Abbigayle Doerr

Dr. Abbigayle Doerr is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who practices with a special interest in endovascular acute stroke care.  Her clinical background includes interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, interventional radiology and neurointerventional surgery.  Abby branched out in 2015 and she spent time working with the transcatheter valve program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago functioning as the program coordinator and nurse practitioner for their growing valve program.  Abby transitioned back to neurovascular nursing now is the Manager of Interventional Labs (which includes Neurointerventional Surgery) and Procedural APN at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. 


She is fellowship trained as an acute neurovascular practitioner, NETSMART APN.   Abby is a board certified as a stroke nurse (SCRN), cardiac-vascular nurse (CVRN) and Acute Neurovascular Practitioner (ANVP-BC).  Abby received her Bachelor’s of Nursing, Master’s of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner from Northern Illinois University. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Illinois State University this past year with a research focus in reducing time to endovascular treatment in acute ischemic stroke.  Abby takes special interest in nursing education, stroke research and program development, and is an active participant in the Comprehensive Stroke Team at Central DuPage Hospital.

Victoria Swatzell

Dr. Victoria Swatzell is an Acute Neurovascular Nurse Practitioner at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis Tennessee. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at University of Alabama-Birmingham, and her Master’s degree at Arizona State University. She completed her post-graduate Neurovascular Advanced Practice Fellowship in the NET SMART Program, and was part of the first graduating class. Dr. Swatzell is an international speaker and serves as the current President of the Association of Neuroascular Clinicians; she is a past president of Arizona Southwest Synapse. 

Michelle Whaley

Michelle is an acute neurovascular clinical nurse specialist at the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. She completed her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and completed the NETSMART AP post-graduate neurovascular fellowship in 2012, winning the NET SMART Clinical Excellence Award. Michelle is active and national and regional acute stroke initiatives, serving on the Colorado Stroke Advisory Board and the Development Committee of the CVSN Council for the AHA/ASA.  Her leadership has contributed to her program's consistent achievement of door-to-needle times under 30 minutes for patients treated with intravenous alteplase.   

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wise

Wise is a Nurse Practitioner on the University of Louisville Department of Neurology's Stroke Team.  Betsy graduated with her BSN from Western Kentucky University, and received her MSN in the Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) role from the University of Louisville. As her hospital's first NP for acute stroke, she collaborated with her team to become the first Primary Stroke Center in the state of Kentucky, and later to become the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in the state.  Betsy graduated from the NET SMART AP fellowship in 2011 and attained certification as an advanced neurovascular practitioner (ANVP-BC) in 2015. Along with her responsibilities for acute patient management, Betsy plays an active role in her program's regional telemedicine system, as well as community events targeting public awareness of stroke.

Sheeba Philip

Sheeba Philip is the Stroke Specialist Nurse at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. Before immigrating to the U.K., she received her BSc in Nursing in 1998 from the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India where she specialized after graduation in Accident and Emergency Department nursing.  She later took the role of nursing tutor at Guru Nanak College of Nursing in Punjab.  After relocating to England, she completed post-graduate training in Stroke at the University of Central Lancashire in 2013.  Sheeba completed the NET SMART AP Neurovascular Fellowship Program in 2015, and was awarded by the faculty with the NET SMART Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding knowledge and clinical performance.  In her work as a Stroke Specialist Nurse at the Royal Preston Hospital, Sheeba played a major role in organizing the thrombolysis service after U.K. approval of intravenous tPA treatment for stroke, and she continues to oversee and improve the quality of clinical stroke care. 

Pauline Weir

Pauline Weir is currently a Stroke Nurse Specialist and Stroke Co-ordinator at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in Wirral, Merseyside, England and been nursing for over 35 years. After qualifying as a registered nurse in 1982, she went on to complete her Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing in 1986 and obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in Nursing in 1988. Her early years a Ward Sister and subsequent Clinical Practice Development Nurse involved introducing Primary Nursing and later Care Pathway development into the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.  After moving to Wirral Hospital in 1997, she went on to obtain a Masters in Public Health from the University of Liverpool in 2001 and has been working within stroke nursing and acute stroke trials for the past 20 years. She was instrumental in recruiting patients into the IST 3 Acute Stroke Trial which resulted in the Wirral Hospital becoming the 7th highest recruiter globally. More recently she continues to pioneer thrombolytic treatment with her medical colleagues and now leads a nursing team of six nurses providing 24/7/365 day cover to enhance thrombolysis and promote clot retrieval. Pauline completed her NET SMART AP Neurovascular Fellowship Programme in 2015 and is currently facilitating the JR NET SMART on site

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