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Arson Investigation Expert Witness

Expert Witness No.1827



  • Masters Degree in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education (MSN-Ed)
  • Grand Canyon University
  • August 2013 – April 2015
  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing (RN to BSN) 
  • Grand Canyon University
  • August 2011 - June 2013
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Gateway Community College
  • May 2000 - May 2002


Professional Positions:

  • Forensic Nursing Supervisor
  • HonorHealth
  • May 2015 – present 


  • Grand Canyon University
  • Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Instructor/Simulation Lab Instructor  
  • March 2015 – present


  • Forensic Nurse Consultant
  • TDK Consulting, PLLC
  • December 2012 – May 2015


  • Registered Nurse 
  • Forensic Nurse Examiner
  • HonorHealth (Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network/Scottsdale Healthcare)
  • August 2006 – May 2015


  • Registered Nurse
  • HonorHealth (Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center)
  • Medical Surgical, Neurology and Urology Unit
  • May 2002 - June 2007


  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • HonorHealth (Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center)
  • Medical-Surgical Unit, Neurology, and Urology Unit
  • January 2002 – May 2002


  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Ridgecrest Healthcare, Long Term Care
  • November 2001-January 2002

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Advanced Forensic Nurse, Board Certified (AFN-BC)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • July 2015 - present 
  • Certified Forensic Nurse (CFN)
  • American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI)
  • September 2010 - September 2017
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adults/Adolescents (SANE-A)
  • Forensic Nurse Certification Board
  • October 2008 - present 
  • State of Arizona Registered Nurse License, 2002 – present

Conferences and Trainings Attended:

  • Human Trafficking for Healthcare Professionals
  • Dignity Health
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • September 2017


  • Tribal Healthcare – Indian Health Services
  • Online Sexual Assault Examiner Training 
  • April 2017


  • Child Maltreatment Symposium
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital 
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • April 2017


  • Mass Casualty Training
  • HonorHealth, Civic Center Auditorium
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, January 2017
  • International Association of Forensic Nursing 
  • International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice
  • Orlando, Florida
  • October 2015


  • Tribal Healthcare – Indian Health Services
  • Online Domestic Violence Examiner Training 
  • September 2015


  • University of North Dakota
  • Online Courses: Forensic Pathology; Advanced Topics in Death Investigation; Diseases and Pathology
  • August 2015 - September 2015


  • Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
  • It’s About Time: Meeting Challenges in Child Abuse Investigations
  • Black Canyon Conference Center
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • June 2013


  • Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Stronger System, Safer Survivors
  • Glendale Civic Center
  • Glendale, Arizona
  • June 2013


  • Arizona Coalition for Violence Against Women
  • Domestic Violence and Reproductive Coercion
  • Black Canyon Conference Center
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • December 2012


  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Police Officer Training Center
  • Phoenix, Arizona 
  • October 2012


  • Domestic Violence and Risk Conference
  • Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
  • Black Canyon Conference Center
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • May 2012


  • Strangulation Training
  • Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Scottsdale Police Department
  • Rable, J., Rincon, D.
  • Phoenix, Arizona 
  • May 2012


  • Arizona Crimes Against Women and Children Conference 
  • Glendale Police Department
  • Glendale, Arizona
  • October 2011


  • Strangulation Training
  • Jenifer Markowitz
  • Glendale, Arizona
  • October 2011


  • Sexual Violence Conference
  • Glendale Police Department 
  • Glendale, Arizona
  • November 2010


  • Death Investigation
  • Dr. Mary Dudley
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • November 2010


  • Shadows In The Dark
  • Adolescent Sexual Abuse
  • Catholic Healthcare West
  • Gilbert, Arizona
  • October 2010


  • Military Cross Training; Caring for the Trauma Patient
  • Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • October 2009


  • Medico Legal Death Investigation
  • Dr. Tracey Corey
  • Scottsdale, Arizona 
  • October 2007

Presentations and Trainings Conducted:

Available Upon Request

Professional Consultation and Courtroom Testimony:

Scottsdale Police Department, Scottsdale Arizona: 

Physical Assault; Review of Photos and case review, Professional Summary write up: October 2013, November 2013, August 2016, February 2018 (Homicide Investigation) 

Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix Arizona: Domestic Violence, Physical Assault and Strangulation; Review of Medical Documentation, Photos, and Police Incident Report. Professional Summary write up: August 2013, January 2014, March 2015, July 2015, May 2017


Mesa Police Department, Mesa, Arizona: Elder Abuse

Cases; Review of Medical Documentation and Professional Summary write up: October 2012, January 2013, April 2013


Chandler Police Department, Chandler, Arizona: Elder Abuse; Review of Medical Records, Documentation, and Police Incident Report. Professional Summary write up: February 2014, March 2014, April 2015, July 2015


Glendale Police Department, Glendale, Arizona: Domestic Violence and Strangulation; Review of Medical Documentation, CD images, and audio files; Professional Summary write up: November 2014, September 2016


Maricopa County Superior Court, Phoenix, Arizona:

Sexual Assault Trial Testimony: February 2010, State v Mita


Sexual Assault Trial Testimony: May 2014, State v Day


Evidentiary hearing and testimony as blind expert in medical forensic examinations and drug facilitated sexual assault in October 2014: State v Hall


Domestic Violence/Strangulation: 


March 2013: State v Marsh


December 2013: State v Navarrette


December 2013: State v Hudson


February 2014: State v Walker


Domestic Violence and Strangulation evidentiary hearing: December 2013, State v Ali


Sexual Abuse: June 2013 pre-trial hearing, State v Perez-Cuevas


Child Sexual Abuse Trial Testimony: August 2013, State v Portillo


Aggravated Assault Trial Testimony: September 2014, State v Fogel


Evidentiary Hearing April 2017, State v Walker


Expert Witness Testimony April 2014, State v Walker; December 2017 State v Cota


Gila County Expert Witness Opinion Statement and Photo Review

State v Huffman

Defense Expert Forensic Nurse Examiner focusing on strangulation for O. Joseph Chornenky, Chornenky Law on behalf of Mr. Huffman 

Phoenix, Arizona 

January 2018


State of Nevada v Leonard

Prosecution Expert Forensic Nurse Examiner focusing on strangulation 

Scheduled March 6-8, 2018

Review of Records, photos, and testimony 


Gila River Indian Community

Sacaton, Arizona

Expert Witness Testimony 

Sexual Assault Trial

November 2017, State v Breckenridge

United States Air Force: US v Davis, Consultation for Defense Counsel, Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas, March 2013

United States Army: US v SFC Nagy, Consultation for Defense Counsel, Fort Campbell, Clarksville, Kentucky, April-May 2014

United States Army: US v Evans, Consultation for Defense Counsel, Fort Campbell, Clarksville, Kentucky, September 2014 

(This list is not all encompassing and does not reflect all trial testimony)

Professional Affiliations and Memberships:

  • Member, International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), October 2008 to present
  • Member, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI), 2010 to 2017
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Nursing Honors Society, April 2013 to May 2017
  • Member, West Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team 
  • April 2013 to present
  • Member, District Attorney of New York (DANY) Untested Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs) Workgroup
  • November 2015 to present
  • Member of the Medical Forensic Examiner Statewide Workgroup in conjunction with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence 



  • Wrote numerous articles and made many public speaking appearances on subject of domestic violence and child abuse
  • Consulted with community and law enforcement groups to produce training videos on domestic violence; appeared on many televised programs, including several segments of “Case Closed”
  • Provided editorial services to authors of textbook Understanding Domestic Violence
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