In 1987, Dr. Shutes received her BSN from Rutgers College of Nursing. In 1997, Dr. Shutes received her M.S.N. from University of Massachusetts, Lowell and received her certification from ANCC to become a geriatric nurse practitioner. She recently earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to coming to PBA, Dr. Shutes worked as a geriatric nurse practitioner with Evercare in Baltimore, MorseLife Healthcare in West Palm Beach, and most currently with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida. She has traveled extensively across the country teaching skilled nursing facilities how to improve the quality of care, recognize changes in condition, and reduce readmissions of the frail elderly. She rounds with third year medical students and residents at local skilled nursing facilities. Dr. Shutes has co-authored numerous articles for peer reviewed journals including Journal of American Geriatric Society and Journal of American Medical Directors Association, and has coauthored chapters in “Geriatrics Models of Care” and Hazzards’ Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. She is currently a member of the Geriatric Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. She currently lives in Wellington with her husband, daughter, and four dogs.