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.

Elizabeth Carter, 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,  is an adult nurse practitioner at South Denver Cardiology Associates. Julie received her BS in EPO Biology from the University of Colorado in 1992. She received her Bachelor of Nursing from Regis University in 1996 with the honor of Sigma Theta Tau. She then received her Nurse Practitioner license in 2001 graduating from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Julie is a Colorado native and is married with two boys. She enjoys hiking, skiing, running, biking, reading and savoring quality time with her family.

IMG_7719 Whitney cropWhitney Groth 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.”

Elizabeth Huser, is adult nurse practitioner, is the newest edition to the SDCA team. 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 SDCA.

Elizabeth spends her spare time with her husband, friends, and German Shepherd, Sophie. She loves traveling. She has visited 13 countries, and strives to visit a new one annually. She thrives on an active lifestyle, which consists of running, biking, hiking, and skiing. She also enjoys ceramics, painting, reading, and delicious food – especially when others cook it.

Paula McDermottPaula McDermott 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 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 joined South Denver Cardiology Associates in 1999 after completing her graduate education at the University of Northern Colorado. Initially, she attended college in Gainesville, Florida and completed her undergraduate education at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Her nursing experience began in 1985 and focused on holistic care of hospitalized patients on the medical, surgical, emergency, and intensive care units of multiple hospitals in Florida. After moving to the Denver area, she gained experience in the areas of women’s health, hospice, home healthcare, family care mobile clinics, and long term ventilator care. She began to focus specifically on cardiology in 1995 and sees herself remaining in this area of healthcare for her career. She sees cardiology as presenting tremendous challenges and rewards daily. Shari is the supervisor of the nurse practitioner team.

Shari is married and together they have two beautiful daughters that are the joy of their life. Shari loves listening to music, singing, and playing the guitar. She is an avid traveler and outdoor activity participant.

IMG_7734 Barb P cropBarbara Poole 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 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 Masters 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.

IMG_7736 Amy cropAmy Wischmeyer 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 has re-joined South Denver Cardiology Associates as part of the merger with Western Cardiology in February of 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 to a nice lawyer and has a 16 year old 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!”