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Neurosurgery Care Team

    Nurse Practitioners

    Melissa Ballard RN, MS, CPNP-AC is a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) specializing in the care of hospitalized children, with an emphasis in the acute care setting. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University in 1985, and a Master of Science in Nursing from U.C. San Francisco in 2007. She is also a member of NAPNAP.

    Jessica Bode, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN is a certified family nurse practitioner with a background in emergency, acute, and intensive care as a paramedic, registered nurse, and family nurse practitioner.  Jessica is also an experienced educator and served as a member of the pediatric clinical faculty at University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Samuel Merritt University for several years. She completed her undergraduate degree and her Master of Science at San Francisco State University. Jessica is a certified critical care nurse and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

    May Casazza, c-ACPNP is a certified pediatric neurosurgery nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with pediatric intensive care patients.  May received her undergraduate nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University and her graduate training at UC San Francisco.

    Bonnie Taft, RN, MSN, CPNP is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) with a rich background in the pediatric primary care setting. Bonnie is also an experienced educator and served as a member of the pediatric clinical faculty at the University of California at San Francisco for several years. Bonnie completed her undergraduate degree at State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1994 and she later went on to attain her Masters in Science degree at Boston College in 2003.