Pat Gootee received her BSN at LSUHSC and McNeese Universityin 1975, and her Master of Nursing degree from the Mississippi University for Women in 1994, following her graduate studies at LSUHSC. She then worked at Tulane University Student health for 4 years and then at LSUHSC in out-patient HIV clinics around the state for 10 years. She is a board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and has been working with NO/AIDS Task Force now CrescentCare since 2009, providing medical management and primary care for patients with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, as well as women’s healthcare for HIV+ women. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has held positions with the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners as State P.A.C. chairman, State Treasurer, and New Orleans district representative. She has an American Nurses in AIDS Care Certification, and an American Nurse Credentialing Center Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.