Advanced Practitioner Nurses

Alex S. Lapasaran, DNP, APRN-C

Alex LapasaranNurse Practitioner

Education
Doctor of Nursing Practice – Western University of Health Sciences
M.S.N., University of Nevada, Reno
B.S.N., Orvis School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno

Certification
Family Nurse Practitioner, 2003
Advanced Practitioner of Nursing, 2003

Professional Organizations
American Gastroenterological Association

Appointments
Adjunct clinical faculty, Orvis School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno

Honors
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

Alex Lapasaran has lived in Northern Nevada since 1988. He joined Digestive Health Associates in 2003. Alex is a co-founder of the Nevada Hepatitis C Task Force and an active member of the Nevada Hepatitis Advisory Committee.

His medical interests include viral hepatitis and general gastroenterology. Alex also works closely with the Hepatologists and Liver Transplant Centers at Stanford University and the California Pacific Medical Center. Alex completed a preceptorship in Hepatology at Stanford University Liver Clinic and Oregon Health and Science University. His research activities, in collaboration with Stanford University, have been presented at the Digestive Diseases Week, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases conferences.

Alex is blessed with a loving wife and wonderful daughter. The family enjoys golf, camping and boating in the summer, as well as skiing in the winter.


Barbara Szatkowski, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Education
M.S.N., F.N.P., Western University of Health Sciences
B.S.N., Orvis School of Nursing, University of Nevada-Reno

Certification
Family Nurse Practitioner, 2002

Professional Organizations
Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Barbara has been a Northern Nevada resident since 1972. She was previously employed by Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center as a Registered Nurse. Once she received her Master’s Degree she was employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner with Saint Mary’s Neil Redfield Health Center and Community Health Alliance for over 10 years. She joined Digestive Health Associates in 2014.

Since joining DHA, she has become passionate about Colorectal Cancer prevention and screening. Barbara is also interested in helping patients with a variety of other G.I. problems.

In her free time, she enjoys travel and having fun with family, friends and her dog Ginger.


Grace Hillard, APRN-C

Nurse Practitioner

Education
MSN., University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing
BSN., University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing

Certification
ANCC-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-(AGPCNP-BC)
VACC-Vascular Access Certification Corporation-(VA-BC)

Professional Organizations
American Academy of Family Practice

Grace has recently moved to northern Nevada from Snellville, Georgia. Grace was previously employed at Renown hospital as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and has recently joined Digestive Health Associates.

Grace’s tenure as a Registered Nurse spans over 23 years, providing care in many high acuity specialty areas such as, cardiac, neurology, and surgical intensive care units.

Grace enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and attending her daughter’s basketball games. She enjoys swimming, dancing, working out at the gym, and watching football and basketball with the family, even though they all cheer for different teams.