Rachel is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) and Certified Allied Addiction Professional (CAAP). A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Waynesburg University in 2012. She began her nursing career as a critical care nurse and taught nursing part-time as a clinical instructor before she transitioned to her specialty of addictions nursing. Prior to her employment at Silvermist, Rachel worked as the charge nurse of an outpatient office-based opioid treatment clinic. She was selected as an honorable mention for Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2019 Excellence in Nursing Awards due to her work in the field as an addictions nurse and advocate.
Rachel is a member of various professional organizations including the International Nursing Society on Addictions (IntNSA), the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA), and the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC), among others. Her interests are substance use, addiction, recovery, stigma/discrimination, opioid pharmacotherapy, health professionals in recovery, chronic viral hepatitis C treatment, and patient education.