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Instructor Dr. Allen, DNP, MSN, RN

As a native Athenian, Dr. Allen has over 20 years in the nursing healthcare profession. Dr. Allen is a graduate of the Athens Clarke County Public School System. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and Community Health Education from Clark Atlanta University and a second Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Brenau University. Dr. Allen holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration and Leadership from the University of Phoenix and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Allen’s background consists of Critical Care Nursing, with 15 years in Cardiovascular Intensive Care and Labor and Delivery experience with the last 7 years of her career spent in healthcare administration, leadership, and education. Dr. Allen teaches CNA, PCT, Phlebotomy, EKG, CPR, First Aide, ACLS, BLS and PALS courses. 

Phlebotomy Instructor Nikkia Hitchcock, LPN


Nikkia Hitchcock is a Phlebotomy instructor at Innovative Healthcare Institute. She received her Phlebotomy Certification through the National Center for Competency Testing and studied at Athens Technical College in 2009. Ms. Hitchcock completed her practical nursing degree from Athens Technical College and became licensed in 2024. She has gained experience working and caring for patients of all ages. She has also, mastered the skill of problem-solving when it comes to patient satisfaction. In 2019, Nikkia became a Phlebotomy Instructor at Innovative Healthcare Institute in Athens, GA where she teaches students proper phlebotomy techniques and customer service skills.


EKG Instructor Melissa Dent, CCMA

Melissa Dent began her career as a firefighter paramedic. Melissa worked in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) from 1999-2011 in South Florida. She relocated to Georgia and transitioned into the hospital setting in the cardiology department, focusing on electrocardiograms (EKGs) and interpretation. She also is a Certified Medical Assistant.  Melissa currently works as a Lead Monitor Technician in a telemetry department. She also teaches a 12-lead EKG technician and rhythm interpretation course. Melissa has a Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT) certification among many certifications.  In 2019, Melissa became an EKG Technician instructor at Innovative Healthcare Institute in Athens, GA.


Instructor Adela Arevalo, BSN, RN

Adela Arevalo is a critical care registered nurse. Adela brings over twenty years of nursing expertise to our organization. She has worked in the Intensive Care Units in the Northeast Georgia and Atlanta areas. Adela is a compassionate nurse with strong skills in providing exceptional care to diverse patient populations. She has worked in ICU, CCU, ER, day surgery and PACU. Adela has worked at Innovative since 2018 as a CNA , Phlebotomy, PCT instructor.

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