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Non-Fatal Strangulation Documentation Toolkit


Strangulation Task Force Members


Barbra Bachmeier, MSN, JD, NP-C (Chair)

Nurse Practitioner/Forensic Nurse Examiner

IU Health – Methodist Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center

Indianapolis, IN


Khara Breeden, DNP, MS, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, CA/CP-SANE

Missouri City, TX


Teresa J. Devitt-Lynch, MSN, RN-BC, SANE-A, CFN, CMI-I, DACFEI

United States Navy

Navy Medicine Education and Training Command

Joint Base-San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, TX


Ruth Downing, MSN, RN, CNP, SANE-A

President and Founder

Forensic Healthcare Consulting

Delaware, OH



Eisenhower Medical Center

Rancho Mirage, CA


Sarah Hines, BSN, RN, CFN, SANE-A

Eskenazi Health Center of Hope

Indianapolis, IN


Annie Lewis-O'Connor, PhD, MPH, NP-BC, FAAN

Senior Nurse Scientist Founder and Director

C.A.R.E. Clinic

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston, MA


Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, DF-IAFN

Alexandria, VA


Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Education Director

International Association of Forensic Nurses

Elkridge, MD


Linda Reimer, BScN, RN, SANE-A, TITC-CT

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Care Centre of York Region

Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital

Richmond Hill, ON


Holly Renz, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Program Director

Madison County SATC of Community Hospital

Anderson, IN


Suzanne Rotolo, PhD, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, CFN, FACFEI

Dr. Rotolo Consulting

Leesburg, VA


Bill Smock, MS, MD

Police Surgeon

Louisville Metro Police Department

Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Louisville, KY


Gael Strack, Esq.

CEO and Co-Founder

Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, a program of Alliance for HOPE International

San Diego, CA


Sally Sturgeon DNP, RN, SANE-A, AFN-BC

Forensic Nurse Examiner

Institute of Clinical Forensic Medicine and Nursing

Louisville, Kentucky


Melissa Vesperman, BSN, RN, SANE-A

Forensic Nurse Coordinator

St. Croix Valley SART

River Falls, WI


Sarah Wells, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond Forensic Nursing Services

Richmond, VA





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