Between visits with human patients, care taking for animal patients, and days of travel and research in the Galapagos it’s difficult to pin down exactly what it is Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dianne DeNardo does for a living.

DeNardo holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in health care innovation, a license in nutrition, a license as a certified veterinarian technician, she’s a registered nurse, laboratory animal technologist, surgical research specialist and on the side she’s also an ordained minister, spiritual healer and occasional ghost hunter.

“Some people say it’s A.D.D., but I complete projects so it can’t be true A.D.D.,” she said. “I have all this interest. It’s a passion of mine to do a lot of things for the community.”

DeNardo has been working in human and animal nursing for more than 20 years. In 2007 she decided to combine both and started All Species Nurse. Her goal through the business is really to be the ultimate patient advocate.

One moment she’s speaking with doctors and nurses making sure her patients are getting the right medications, the next she’s going back to their home to tend to their animals, send them pictures and make sure the animals are getting any medications they need.

“I never know what to expect,” she said. “Every day is different. I carry two first aid kits, one for humans and one for animals.”

All Species Nurse tends to turn some people off, DeNardo said, because it’s difficult for them to understand the concept. Why would one person want so much responsibility on their plate? That’s simply DeNardo’s personality.

It’s obvious, taking a look around her home, that she couldn’t stop caring for things if she tried. Right inside her front door there’s a tank of snakes while in a back room she houses ferrets, several large lizards, and dozens of different tortoises. Cats and dogs roam the rest of the house and outside chickens cluck in one corner of the yard while three 150-pound Sulcata tortoises reign over the rest. It helps that she’s married to a veterinarian Ph.D. who’s a researcher and scientist at Arizona State University.

Beyond the animals her home is full of skeletons, dummies and first aid supplies that she uses in her business and in teaching.

DeNardo has several websites to share her business and experience with the community. For more information, visit theultimatepatientadvocate.com, www.allspeciesnurse.com or www.allspeciesnurse.blogspot.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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