Nicole Brien, Disease Management Educator with Altru Health System, has long had a passion for healthcare. She began at Altru as a respiratory therapist in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in 2007. Soon thereafter, she followed her passion to provide education related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and tobacco cessation for Altru’s inpatient population. Most recently, she’s been dedicated to helping pregnant moms quit smoking and she helped to establish a tobacco cessation program for the broader population. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family including two beautiful daughters, a dog and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, going to the movies, fishing and spending as much time at the lake as possible.