A Long Island native, Nicole spent her summers attending day camp filled with swimming, crafting, sports, drama, and beyond. Her first opportunity to experience sleep-away camp was in undergrad, when she volunteered as a counselor at Florida Diabetes Camp caring for children with type 1 diabetes. The cornerstone for counselors was to provide motivation and support for children as they learned self-care practices, gained independence in managing their diabetes, and developed a strong sense of self-esteem.
Always passionate about art, Nicole developed an art program at her local hospital for her senior project. The goal of the program was to bring joy and inspiration to children receiving chemotherapy—a concept that Nicole carried into her college volunteering opportunities at UF Health Shands Hospital. Her paintings have won local art show awards.
Nicole attended University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She furthered her studies by attending Physician Assistant school at Nova Southeastern University, earning a second Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Medical Science. She currently practices dermatology in suburban Arizona, treating everything skin-related for patients young to old.
Nicole lives in Peoria, Arizona with her husband, two young girls and sweet Goldendoodle, Dixie. They all love to travel near and far, cherishing memories and experiences over material goods. Living a healthy, clean lifestyle through coaching others on fitness, nutrition, and self-care is not only a passion project, but one Nicole incorporates into her daily routine. Camp Tuku’s vision is not only a kid’s dream, but a parent’s as well.