Our Team

Our multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive care for patients diagnosed with heart failure through implantation and management of a ventricular assist device (VAD).

Find a Specialist:

Cardiac Surgeons

Ahmet Kilic, MD

  • Director, Heart Transplantation
  • Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery



Nurse Practitioners and VAD Program Coordinators

  • Kirby Baker, M.S.N., A.G..-A.C.N.P.
  • Nicole Clark-Alford, Patient Coordinator
  • Tracey Fehr, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Rebecca Fioretti, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Kristin Freed, C.C.R.N., M.S.N., P.M.H.N.P., A.G.A.C.N.P.
  • Nancy Klemans, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Gina Luciano, Ph.D., A.C.N.P.-B.C.
  • Dawn Pappas, M.S., A.C.N.P.-B.C.

Social Workers and Therapists


Social Worker

  • Allyson Smith-Mitchell, L.G.S.W.

Physical Therapy

  • Andrew DiOrio, P.T., D.P.T.
  • Kerry Lammers, P.T, D.P.T, C.C.S., C.C.I., A.B.P.T.S.
  • Heather Littier, P.T., D.P.T.
  • Paul Ricard P.T., D.P.T., C.C.S., A.B.P.T.S.

Occupational Therapists

  • Casey Abbott M.S., OTR/L

Speech and Language

  • Kyra Lehrmann
  • Amber Strickland, M.S., C.C.C.-S.L.P.