Denise was born in New Jersey and raised her family there. Following her dream to live on the West coast, she moved to Monterey, California followed by Las Vegas. From a very young age, Denise wanted to be a nurse or a veterinarian. Although when she enrolled in college, she took a different turn and decided to major in special education and speech pathology. It was after a few pathophysiology classes that she found the human body so interesting and decided to change her major to nursing.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Felician College School of Nursing, Denise wanted to further her education by pursing a graduate degree. She earned a Master of Science in nursing from Rutgers University School of Graduate Nursing. Her passion for oncology started in college when she took a part time job as a unit secretary for the oncology unit.
Denise works in general hematology and oncology but has special interests in gastrointestinal oncology especially pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, cancer genetics and hereditary cancer syndromes for which she developed genetic testing programs. She is also very experienced in performing bone marrow biopsies.
Denise is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and was recognized for two awards, the Nursing Professionalism award from Felician College and a Nursing Education award from the American Cancer Society. She is married with two children and 11 grandchildren. During her time off she enjoys hiking, leisure rides on her motorcycle, traveling, visiting family, theater, camping, reading and just enjoying life. Also an animal lover, she rescued Daisy, a dog and lung cancer survivor.