Deborah Chandler is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) with the Orlando Health Neuroscience Institute. She has provided care for patients in the Orlando area since 1978 and has extensive experience with:
- Outpatient and general neurology
- Providing care for multiple sclerosis
- Providing care for memory disorders
- Providing occupational health care
- Working in ICU and progressive care units
Deborah’s decades-long tenure at Orlando Health includes roles as a staff nurse, manager for education and development and an APRN for brain injury rehabilitation. She retired in 2022 but returned to work because she enjoys spending time with patients.
Deborah earned her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She received her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Florida in Gainesville and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. She also is a multiple sclerosis certified nurse (MSCN), with specialized training in the symptoms and treatment of MS, a disease that affects the brain and central nervous system.
One of Deborah’s sisters died of a brain tumor, and another from Alzheimer’s disease. Those experiences help her understand the day-to-day struggles of patients and their families. She knows what resources are available to help people during treatment and uses her knowledge to put the pieces together in solving the puzzle of each patient’s needs.
She is certified as an adult nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Deborah’s professional memberships include the American Academy of Neurology, the American Nurses Association, the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau, an honor society for nurses.
She has volunteered for United Against Poverty, Christian Service Center and the Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Outside of work, Deborah enjoys golfing, taking walks, reading and gardening.