Born and raised in the Midwest, Denise attended Good Samaritan College of Nursing in Cincinnati. She practiced nursing for over four decades, focusing on pediatrics and later, community and public health nursing. While at Clermont County Public Health (CCPH), Denise facilitated the CCPH Senior Safety Program, which was given the Promising Practice award by the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership. She was later elected Chair of the statewide Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership.
On behalf of CCPH, Denise wrote and was awarded an Ohio Department of Health/CDC grant to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths in Clermont County, beating out thirty other counties vying for the same grant. She retired from public health nursing in 2017, but remains an avid reader of medical and healthcare articles.
Along with Dr. Gillihan and Dr. Barney, Denise is excited about helping to change the practice of healthcare to a prevention-centered approach. As a former patient of Dr. Gillihan’s, she encourages all adults, regardless of age, to engage in strength and resistance training.