Dr. Ballestas earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing Education from Molloy College in New York. Her Post-master’s certificate in adult nurse practitioner from Adelphi University in New York and her doctorate PhD Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University in Minnesota. Dr. Ballestas is a board-certified nurse practitioner with experiences in internal medicine and primary care. Additional NP experiences include in-patient care in cardiothoracic/open heart step down. As a RN, she has worked in the ICU setting, as bronchoscopy and vascular nurse manager and medical-surgical nursing. As an academician, she has taught nursing in undergraduate and graduate programs for over 15 years.