Dr. Harrison, DNAP, MSN, CRNA, is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who typically cares for pediatric or special needs patients, as well as patients who require extensive dental care undertaken in one visit.
She meets with patients who have requested moderate sedation prior to their procedure and helps alleviate patients’ fears and anxiety by administering medications to keep them comfortable throughout their procedure. From Dr. Harrison’s view, she has the best career in nursing and loves supporting her patients. Ever since shadowing an anesthesiologist as a high school student in Asheville, NC, Dr. Harrison knew she would become a nurse anesthetist.
Dr. Harrison started her nursing career at Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC, and went on to pursue her diploma of Nurse Anesthesia at the Medical College of Virginia. She stayed in Richmond, working as a staff CRNA for several anesthesia groups. In 2000, she became an independent contractor and owner of LCH Anesthesia Services, where she specialized in office-based anesthesia services – and ultimately earned her doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Health Professions.
Dr. Harrison served as Captain in the Navy Nurse Corps. She retired with 26 years of service to our country.
Dr. Harrison is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Federal Health Care Executives Institute. She has also served in many roles for the Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists, including President and Government Relations Chair, among others.
Most recently, she was recognized with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Nurse Anesthesia’s Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2017. Dr. Harrison enjoys traveling and cooking – and looks forward to any opportunity to do more of it.