Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
María de los Ángeles Ortega Hernández, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Associate Dean of Clinical Practice; Director, MWC and Professor in the Practice Teaching Track
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
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Dr. María de los Ángeles Ortega Hernández serves as Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center (MWC) since 2014 after functioning as Interim Director in 2013. Dr. Ortega’s position began in 2011 while practicing as a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP-BC). Shortly after she was selected as the clinical director, a role she maintains today while leading the clinical practice and financial operation of the Center. As MWC Director, Dr. Ortega continues her practice as a clinician specializing in Gerontology, Psychiatry and Mental Health caring for aging adults through the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic conditions, as well as providing integrated mental health care for persons with mental health, co-morbid mental and physical conditions, and those experiencing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia in collaboration with formal and informal caregivers. Her practice experience encompasses memory disorder clinic and nursing rehabilitation facilities (skilled nursing, post-acute, and long-term care). While in caring service to the MWC clients, students, staff, and community, Dr. Ortega continues her scholarly endeavors towards improving health outcomes of older adults transitioning from the hospital to the skilled nursing facilities post open heart surgery and with cognitive impairment. Enhancing and sustaining specialized long-term care services and supports through excellence in clinical practice and integrated care coordination remains the focus of Dr. Ortega’s continuing post-doctoral work. She has initiated or participated in receiving 22 external-funded grants in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, home-based care, and community outreach. Her philanthropic efforts since 2017 have raised $3.3 million supporting the MWC
Dr. Ortega leads and facilitates various clinical practicum experiences at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center for RN-BSN students, graduate, and post graduate students from Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
Dr. Ortega’s innovative thinking and demonstrated leadership in clinical care, research and policy development, have resulted in healthcare advances for Latinos and other vulnerable populations in the United States and globally.
Madeline Michel, ARNP- BC Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Madeline Michel is from Haiti and has been living in the United States for the past 26 years. She received her Master’s degree as Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 and was certified as a GNP the same year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She received a Post Master’s Certificate from Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in August 2013 and was certifies as a Family Nurse Practitioner in January 2014 by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She joined Florida Atlantic University as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty in August 2012. She taught clinical classes such as: Nursing Situations in Practice- Older Adults and Persons in Long-term and End- of-Life and Nursing Situation in Practice- Adult Acute Health. She obtained her Associate of Science in nursing degree at Broward Community College in August 2006 and her Baccalaureate in nursing from Florida Atlantic University in 2009. She joined the Louis and Anne Green Memory Wellness Center in August 2013 as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and provides comprehensive cognitive evaluations of older adults in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. She worked as a Registered Nurse in different acuity levels including Medical/Surgical, Intermediate Care and most recently Neuro/Surgical Intensive Care at several hospitals in the South Florida area.
Bertha Tappen, BBA, Assistant Budget Coordinator
Bertha Tappen is originally from Venezuela and has been working in the accounting field since she finished high school. Upon arrival in the U.S. she first set her mind to adapt to a new culture and language along with obtaining her Associates Degree at the Broward Community College. After becoming the mother of two boys, she came to Florida Atlantic University to continue her education. While pursuing her Bachelors Degree, she became a staff member of the Memory & Wellness Center in the Accounting Department.
Bertha earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (Major Accounting) in 2007. She describes her experience with the Memory & Wellness Center as a very positive learning experience, not only as a professional but also personally through caring and placing people first. She is also currently involved with a volunteer program with the IRS to help low income seniors prepare their personal tax returns. Her goal is to get her Master of Business Administration Degree and have the opportunity to volunteer in different programs to benefit seniors.