About Us

Welcome to the Greater Orlando Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC), a non-profit professional nursing organization. The Greater Orlando chapter was founded in 1990 to support AALNC´s mission by providing opportunities to central Florida nurses for professional development through education and networking opportunities. In 2015, we began to broadcast our meetings and education programs virtually to reach nurses everywhere. We now have members in 27 States and Canada.

Legal nurse consulting is a nursing specialty which uses nursing experience and expertise in unique ways. LNCs review and analyze medical records, scientific literature and other health care related documents pertaining to injury due to negligence, defective products, toxic exposure, and work related accidents or crimes, to develop case reports, life care plans, and many other client requested strategies and functions.

Our members are registered nurses who work independently or as employees of law firms, insurance companies, hospital risk management departments, life care planning companies, governmental agencies and numerous other organizations that engage with legal nurse consultants.

Please visit the various sections of our web site and contact us if you would like additional information about chapter membership, benefits and activities.

Board of Directors

The Greater Orlando Chapter of AALNC Board of Directors consists of Officers and Directors At Large. The officers are the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer. For 2022, we have 4 elected Directors At Large.

Jillian Talento, BSN, RN, CEN, LNCC

Jillian Talento, BSN, RN, CEN, LNCC

President

Jillian is a behind the scenes LNC for a medical malpractice defense firm.  Her nursing background includes over 15 years of acute care experience in the Emergency Department.  She is currently active in both the clinical and legal settings. Jillian serves on the national AALNC Social Media and Marketing
committee in addition to assisting with the social media presence of our local Orlando Chapter.

Mary Smallwood, RN, LNC

Mary Smallwood, RN, LNC

Immediate Past President

LNC in independent practice for plaintiff and defense.  Areas of expertise include medical malpractice, personal injury, nursing home cases, product liability and mass tort.  Mary spent most of her career as a travel nurse and has a experience in multiple specialties including ER, ICU, Oncology, Neuro/Stroke, Pulmonary and Case Management.

Tory Palivoda, BS, RN, LNCC

Tory Palivoda, BS, RN, LNCC

President Elect

Tory is an independent LNCC working as a subcontractor and as an expert witness. Areas of expertise include nursing home cases both plaintiff and defense. Tory has a background in all areas of nursing home care including Risk Management, Director of Nursing, Infection Control, and MDS.  She is still clinically active in LTC and has been working as s legal nurse consultant for 3 years.

Lyn Brooks, BSN, RN, LNCC

Lyn Brooks, BSN, RN, LNCC

Secretary

Lyn Brooks, BSN, RN, LNCC – Owner of Legal Nurse Consulting Group of Central Florida, LLC, providing LNC services to plaintiff attorneys in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, nursing home, products liability, toxic torts and worker’s compensation cases. Lyn’s nursing background includes orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiac ICU, progressive care, labor & delivery, antepartum, home health, case management, and eye surgery.

Patty Mitchell, BSN, RN, CLNC

Patty Mitchell, BSN, RN, CLNC

Treasurer

Independent behind the scenes LNC for plaintiff and defense.  Areas of expertise include medical malpractice, personal injury, nursing home cases, product liability and mass tort.  Patty has a back ground in Intermediate Care/Step Down nursing, Cardiac Telemetry, Medical/Surgical Nursing and Administration

Robin Axtell, BSN, RN, LNCC

Robin Axtell, BSN, RN, LNCC

Director at Large

Independent LNC for plaintiff and defense firms with areas of expertise in medical malpractice and personal injury. Robin has a background of emergency room, telemetry, medical/surgical, stepdown nursing and is currently working PRN at UF Health.  Robin is an experienced expert witness for med/surg and emergency room cases.

Kenyetta Christmas, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CLNC

Kenyetta Christmas, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CLNC

Director at Large

Kenyetta is an ACNP for a large Critical Care Medicine/Intensivist Practice in metro Atlanta area, and serves as the Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the Group and precepts nurse practitioner students. She has been an LNC for 5 years, serving as both litigation support and testifying expert in the field of critical care and advanced practice. Kenyetta has been a member of AALNC for 5 years and a member of the Greater Orlando Chapter for 4 years. She previously served on the Program Committee.

Michelle Gaines, MNA, RN, CRNA

Michelle Gaines, MNA, RN, CRNA

Director at Large

Michelle is the owner of Gaines Medical Consulting, providing expert consultation in reviewing medical records and testifying expert services in anesthesia-related cases. During her 26 years in nurse anesthesia, Michelle has worked in many different care settings obtaining a broad background of expertise in nurse anesthesia.  In her LNC practice, Michelle provides thorough medical case analysis to determine deviations and adherence to standards of care, and vets and locates expert witnesses. Michelle has been a member of AALNC and the Greater Orlando Chapter for 4 years and previously served on the Program Committee.

Judy Young, MSN, MHL, RN, LNCC

Judy Young, MSN, MHL, RN, LNCC

Director at Large

Judy A. Young, MSN, MHL, RN, LNCC. Judy has over 44 years of nursing experience, 20 of which were served in the US Air Force. She has over 20 years’ experience as a legal nurse consultant, including mass torts/product liability, critical care expert, and behind the scenes LNC roles for both plaintiff and defense. She currently does medical malpractice defense work. Judy’s nursing background includes all aspects of critical care, director of resuscitative and trauma training for the Department of Defense, flight nursing and nursing administration.