Michelle Y. Pinckney received a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership degree from Capella University in June 2015. She currently serves in the role of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Medicine Department at the Department of Veteran Affairs located in Loma Linda, California; she has been employed with this organization for 18 years and has served in several roles to include Staff Nurse, Case Manager, Nurse Manager and Associate Chief Nurse Executive. Dr. Pinckney began as a Contributing (part time) Faculty with Walden University in the School of Nursing in November of 2020. She is licensed as a PMHNP with the state of SC, NV, MN and CA. Dr. Pinckney also runs a virtual PMHNP practice where she provides services via telehealth to those suffering from mental illness.