Julie, RN Home Manager
As a 3rd generation Alaskan Julie always knew her life and career as a nurse would be here in Alaska. She graduated from UAA with her nursing degree and has spent all of her years of nursing right here in Anchorage, including Medical/Oncology at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Home Dialysis at Fresenius Medical, and now Home Dialysis at Liberty Dialysis. Julie loves being a Home Dialysis Nurse, teaching patients to provide their own care at home is the most rewarding nursing she has done. Some of the others hats Julie wears when she is not nursing include wife and mother to two beautiful young children. She loves everything Alaska has to offer and spends a lot of her free time enjoying the great outdoors with her family. Julie is excited to be a part of the Liberty Alaska Dialysis Team; it is by far the greatest job ever!
Michelle has been in health care her whole adult life, starting as a CNA and graduating from the University of Maine in Augusta in 2004. Michelle has always wanted to live in Alaska since she was a teenager, so once her children graduated she went into travel nursing. Her nursing experience includes, med-surgical and cardio-pulmonary, float pool nursing working oncology, ortho, cardiac, ER, ICU, and Renal Care . Michelle finally moved to Alaska in 2011. She has 2 Jack Russell's that keep her very busy. She enjoys hiking, fishing, gardening and traveling.
Maria RN Charge Nurse
Maria graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) in Savannah, Georgia, with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology in 1997; later she obtained a teaching certificate and taught high school science for 14 years in Georgia and Louisiana. Maria also obtained a Master’s Degree in Science Education from AASU, while teaching. After 14 years of teaching, she applied to nursing school and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU) with a B.S. in Nursing in 2014. Maria also spent 8 years in the Army Reserve, and is a veteran of Desert Storm, where she served as a Military Police Officer in Bad Kreuznach Germany, during the conflict in 1991. Five years ago, Maria moved to Alaska and started working for Liberty Dialysis as a peritoneal dialysis (PD) nurse. In her personal time Maria enjoys yoga, cooking, reading, hiking, fishing, snow-machining, 4-wheeling, camping, and spending time with friends around a fire. Maria has truly found her passion in home PD dialysis and the Alaskan way of life. Maria quotes, “Once you experience the Alaskan way of life, you will never want to leave! I love you Alaska!!”
Directly out of high school Rene served in the Air Force as a member of the Security Police during the Gulf War. Years later, she graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After working in a library for several years, Rene decided it was time to fulfill her goal of becoming a social worker. She graduated from Florida State University with her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2017, and was excited to learn of an opportunity to work in Alaska. Rene has fallen in love with Alaska’s beauty and warm, welcoming personalities. She enjoys working at Liberty Dialysis because she is a member of a wonderful team of professionals working together to provide quality care for the patient population in Alaska. Rene has a fondness for the United Kingdom, so when she is not working she can be found watching British television, drinking strong British tea, or planning her next trip to the British Isles.
Dalene started her medical career when she joined the army as a medic in 2002. After 9 years in the military, she pursued her RN degree and graduated in 2016 from Lincoln University in Missouri with an Associates of Applied Science. Shortly after, she moved to Colorado Springs and started working with special needs pediatric patients. Dalene continued her education with Chamberlain University, and in 2017 completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. Dalene moved to Alaska with her husband and 2 children in the spring of 2019 and joined the Denali Dialysis team in July. She enjoys spending time with her family exploring the “awesomeness” of Alaska by camping, hiking and kayaking.
Kelsi, MPH, RD, LD
Kelsi graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics and Global Resource Systems, working as a nutrition field extensionist in Kamuli, Uganda before becoming a Registered Dietitian in 2014. She later graduated Tulane University – School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a Masters of Public Health in Community Behavioral Health Sciences. Since this time Kelsi has worked in both clinical and public health nutrition settings, continually seeking opportunities to serve her community through helping patients build a foundation of health. Kelsi started working with Liberty Dialysis in the summer of 2019 and feels fortunate to be a part of an interdisciplinary team that puts patient needs first in order to provide the upmost quality of care.
Peggy, a Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Phlebotomist, is married with 2 grown daughters and one granddaughter on the way. She was born in Phoenix Arizona and moved to Alaska in 1967. Her joy is her family and work. Peggy loves being a part of something awesome, and can’t think of anything better than helping others.