Nurse Practitioners

The Nurse Practitioners of South Denver Cardiology Associates are highly skilled professionals with impressive credentials. TheyIMG_7771 group Crop function in our practice as physician extenders and collaborate with physicians in an ongoing manner to enhance and improve the quality of care provided to our patients. They attend treadmills and tilt tables and are part of our team approach to consultations, hospital follow-ups, and discharge teaching.



Amber Abrams, MSN, FNP-BC 





Elizabeth Carter, MSN, AGACNP-BC Elizabeth joined South Denver Cardiology in April of 2013 after completing her dual Master’s Degree in Adult Acute Care and Family Nurse Practitioner degree, with Sigma Theta Tau honors from Colorado State University-Pueblo. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Metropolitan State University’s Accelerated Nursing Program. Her nursing experience includes telemetry, Progressive Care Unit, and several years as an Intensive Care Nurse.

Originally from Minnesota she and her husband have made Colorado their home, together raising their 1-year-old daughter. She enjoys the Colorado outdoors, running, hiking, and skiing.


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Julie Garside, MSN, ANP-BC is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with South Denver Cardiology Associates. Julie received her Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1992, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Regis University in 1996 with the honor of Sigma Theta Tau. From there, she gained extensive nursing experience in a level one Emergency Department prior to graduating with honors from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2001 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing.  She has enjoyed the challenges of working as a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner since that time.

Julie is a Colorado native and is married with two boys. She loves the outdoors and enjoys many activities including playing tennis, running, skiing, hiking, yoga, reading and of course, savoring quality time with her family.


IMG_7719 Whitney cropWhitney Groth, MS, ANP-BC has an extensive background in educating critical care nurses. Her experience as a nurse since 1991 has taken her from Texas to Colorado and from emergency room nursing to critical care nursing. Whitney received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and she has a specialized certification in Critical Care Nursing from Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Whitney completed her Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program from the University of Colorado in May of 2000 and joined South Denver Cardiology Associates shortly after.

Whitney loves the Colorado outdoors when she is not chasing after her young children or hunting antiques at local garage sales to turn them from “trash to treasure.”

Christine Harms, DNP, FNP-BC,





Elizabeth Huser, MSN, ANP-BC is an adult nurse practitioner, started working at South Denver Cardiology in May of 2012. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, she moved to Colorado to study integrative physiology and biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Soon thereafter, she earned a second Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver’s accelerated nursing program. She then gained critical care, spinal cord rehabilitation, and outpatient cardiology nursing experience, and graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a Master of Science in Nursing. Shortly after attaining ANCC board certification as an adult nurse practitioner, she joined the SDCA team.

When she is not working, Elizabeth loves to fill her spare time with as many activities and adventures as possible.  She loves traveling.  In fact, she has a long-standing tradition of visiting at least one new country annually. She thrives on an active lifestyle, which consists of running, biking, hiking, and skiing. She also enjoys swing dancing, playing games, going to concerts and shows, reading, and delicious food – especially when others cook it.

Stephanie Kaskavitch, MSN, FNP-BC





Paula McDermottPaula McDermott, MS, CCNS-BC  joined the team at SDCA in the fall of 2003. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from South Dakota State University with a major in nursing and minor in military science. She was an ROTC scholarship recipient. She did her nursing residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.  In 1986, she took an assignment at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center where she worked in critical care for four years.  She left the military as a Captain to pursue an advanced degree.  In 1993, she graduated Sigma Theta Tau with a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado as a clinical nurse specialist with focused study in cardiovascular nursing. She became board certified as a critical care CNS in 1993.  Over the past 20 years, she has worked with cardiovascular groups in a collaborative model as an APRN in both acute and outpatient settings.  She is Founder and CEO of Cardiac Concepts, a personal teaching business that offers healthcare professional’s all day workshops nationally and locally.  In 2012, she became an Associate of the American College of Cardiology. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Regional Florence Nightingale Luminary Award for leadership, advocacy, and innovation. In the fall of 2016, she helped develop and launch the SDCA Transitional Heart Failure Clinic where she currently works.

Paula resides in Denver with her husband and daughter.  She loves traveling, fine food, and shopping. She enjoys volunteering her time at her church and her daughter’s school. She has a passion for health and wellness.


IMG_7712 shari cropShari Nieman, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC

Advanced Practice Nursing Supervisor, Transitional Heart Failure Clinic Supervisor

I am originally from Hollywood, Florida and attended my first nursing school in Gainesville, Florida. I completed my educational degrees at Metropolitan State College and the University of Northern Colorado. My nursing experience includes caring for patients in intensive care, medical, surgical and burn units. I have also worked in community clinics prior to focusing only on cardiology in 1994. I joined SDCA in February 1999 and found my home caring for our patients in both the hospital and clinic settings. I have a great passion for cardiology, our practice, and our patients, and it keeps me up late nights studying quite often. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Colorado Nurses’ Association, American Nurses’ Association, American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. I have a wonderful family that enjoys the outdoor lifestyle offered in Colorado. We spend a great majority of our time hiking, skiing, biking and you will often see us at concerts -as we all love music, singing, and dancing.


IMG_7734 Barb P cropBarbara Poole, MS, FNP-BC is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has been with South Denver Cardiology since the Summer of 2000. Originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri in 1984. After working several years as a critical care nurse, she returned to school and received a Master of Arts in Counseling in 1994. She returned to work as a registered nurse in both Interventional Radiology and the Cardiac Cath Lab at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. There she continued her education, graduating with a Master of Science in Nursing in 1999.

Barbara worked as a traveling nurse for many years, which instilled in her a love of traveling. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and attempting obedience with her standard poodle, Leo.


IMG_7752 Bonnie cropBonnie Scheckenbach, MSN, ACNP-BC joined South Denver Cardiology in 1999. She came to South Denver Cardiology SDCA from Northwestern Hospital in Chicago where she had worked for seven years as a critical care nurse. She earned her Bachelors degree Cum Laude at St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. She received her Master’s degree and completed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. She and her husband Greg moved to Denver in 1998 where she worked as a critical care nurse until she joined SDCA.

Bonnie is a certified acute care nurse practitioner and has devoted her entire career to cardiology, both as a nurse and a nurse practitioner. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nurses, the American Nurses Association, and the Colorado Nurse Practitioner Association. Bonnie enjoys reading, playing volleyball, traveling, and being a mother to her children.


Kelly Webster, MSN, AGACNP-BC is a Nurse Practitioner with South Denver Cardiology and Associates. She attended school at Colorado State University-Pueblo and graduated with honors with a degree as an Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She completed her bachelors in nursing at the Chamberlain University of Nursing and has practiced in several different specialties throughout her career. Over 10 years of nursing she worked in telemetry, cardiovascular surgery, cardiovascular ICU, post anesthesia, and radiology. She lived in Michigan for 3 years, worked as a travel nurse and most recently helped open up Castle Rock hospital. She enjoys the challenges and constant advances in cardiology and medicine.

Kelly is married with a daughter and son. She is a native to Colorado and began as a nurse at St. Joseph’s hospital, the same in which she was born. She enjoys hiking, exploring the mountains, traveling and experiencing live music.


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Amy Wischmeyer, MSN, ACNP-BC has been skiing since she was a little girl, even though she grew up in Chicago. She is excited to be back in Colorado and “close to the slopes.” She is an avid runner and has run in quite a few races although the longest was the Chicago Marathon in 1995. She is planning on training for at least a ½ marathon here in Colorado and also enjoys trail running and traveling. In the future, she would like to participate in medical volunteer work. Amy received her Master of Science in Nursing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.



IMG_7725 Barb V cropBarb Van Horne, BSN, FNP has re-joined South Denver Cardiology Associates as part of the merger with Western Cardiology in February 2007. She was one of the first Nurse Practitioners working for SDCA between 1983-1986. During that 11 year hiatus, she spent 2 years in family practice and working on the Chest Pain Center at Porter Adventist Hospital. For about 10 years, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner for Western Cardiology and is now back with SDCA. The practice has doubled since 1996; it’s such a big practice now!

Barb has the distinction of being the most “seasoned” NP of the group, having been around before angioplasty and stents. When she came out of Nursing School in 1975, patients with heart attacks sat in bed for a month. She remembers when Dr. Weily did the first balloon angioplasty at Porter Adventist Hospital in the mid-80s–little did we know where that would lead us!

In her spare time, Barb enjoys lots of outdoor sports including skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and bicycling. She has been doing Ride the Rockies, Bike Tour of Colorado for over 20 years and has climbed most of the Colorado 14ers. She is married and has a daughter who loves musical theater and has a beautiful high soprano voice. Barb and her husband are very involved in the theater program at Stage Door Theater in Conifer where their daughter caught the “theater bug!”