Janelle Thomas is life long resident of Lakeland, FL. After receiving her degree and initial Registered Nurse training at Polk Community Hospital in 1976, she worked at Lakeland Regional Health in Pediatrics and then the Emergency Department. While in the Emergency Department she attended the University of South Florida where she completed a Master’s Degree in Science and training as a Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Thomas worked in the Emergency Department as a Nurse Practitioner from 1993 to 1997. To date, Janelle Thomas has over 40 years of clinical experience. Ms. Thomas has National Certifications as a Nurse Practitioner and as a Pediatric Specialist. She has been able to share her experience by teaching at local colleges and continues to act as a trainer for new nurse practitioners in the area.