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Team Sarasota

Leigh Tesar, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

“Leo Buscaglia said, ‘Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.’ As a Nurse Practitioner providing Primary Care, we often forget that the small things we do while providing medical treatment are frequently the big things, and the things that can mean the most to those we are caring for.” —Leigh Tesar, MSN, APRN, FNP-C  
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Certified by American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Master of Science, Nursing – University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Rachel Cascio, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC

“My goal is to help people live the healthiest lives possible. This is very rewarding and also challenging. I enjoy getting to know my patients and families, understanding their goals of care, and supporting their quality of life.” — Rachel Cascio, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC  
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Certified by American Nurse Credentialing Center
  • Master of Science, Nursing - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing – Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Nancy Smith, APRN

“I have vast experience, starting with being a nursing assistant, then an RN for critical care patients, followed by roles in nursing administration and case management. Now I have over 15 years of being a nurse practitioner practicing in several different living arrangements for senior citizens. I see the relief on patients’ faces and sense the level of fear decrease once they and their loved ones realize that I’m not only going to assist with their medical needs but also help them navigate the emotional, legal and regulatory issues of the healthcare system. I remember why I chose this route and I'm glad I did.” —Nancy Smith, APRN
  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science, Nursing, University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida
  • Registered Nurse, Associate of Arts, Manatee Junior College, Bradenton, Florida
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

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