We are a group of physicians and nurse practitioners who are experts in palliative care and pain and symptom management.

Geoff Coleman, MD, MHA

Palliative Care Physician

Dr. Geoffrey Coleman attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (Mechanical Engineering) and Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. His first residency training was in emergency medicine, an experience which persuaded him to pursue a career that allowed more hands-on patient contact. He decided to switch to family medicine and earned his board certification in this specialty. Dr. Coleman spent his first year of practice in Kenya and Sierra Leone, Africa. On his return to the United States he provided primary medical care for nine years on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. Moving east to be near family, he established a community health center in Montross, Virginia, providing primary and preventive healthcare, with regular house calls to patients. He continued his passion for direct patient care, and for home visits, when he moved into hospice work by starting a practice focusing on home visits and palliative care in 2004. He served as its medical director. Since 2007 Dr. Coleman has practiced hospice and palliative medicine exclusively. Dr. Coleman is certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and in Family Medicine.

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Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD PhD

Palliative Care Physician

Dr. Izquierdo-Porrera is a trained Internist and Geriatrician and has extensive experience training and supporting healthcare technology and quality improvement projects. She has previously held positions as a hospitalist with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, and as Medical Director for a community health center in Washington DC. Dr. Izquierdo-Porrera holds an MD from the School of Medicine of Universitat de Barcelona and a PhD in Medicine from the School of Medicine of Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She is a well-cited and published researcher and has completed post-graduate training in Franklin Square Hospital Center in Maryland as well as the University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Izquierdo-Porrera currently supports Franklin Square’s research curriculum and has developed an evidence-based introduction to the principles of quality improvement. She is also currently the Co-Chair of the Latino Health Initiative’s Steering Committee.

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Nicole Christenson, CRNP, MS, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Christenson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1993 from Michigan State University and a Master of Science- Family Practice in 2000. While attending graduate school, she worked as a primary nurse for Montgomery Hospice from 1995-2000. Ms. Christenson started her nurse practitioner career in a private family practice office in Aspen Hill, MD with a focus on women’s health. Hospice and palliative care remained her calling and she returned to Montgomery Hospice in 2009. She is now a nurse practitioner for Palliative Medicine Consultants. Ms. Christenson is involved with the education of professionals as well as community members, giving webinars and lectures on patient care and pain management.

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Sharon Cline

Sharon Cline, RN

Director of Clinical Access

Sharon Cline received her nursing degree in 1968 from Church Home Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD, and has been a registered nurse in Maryland since then. She was a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) for nearly 20 years. Ms. Cline has a strong background in hospice and palliative care nursing and patient advocacy, with experience developing and delivering programs to staff, community organizations, and medical providers on a range of hospice and palliative care management topics. She has over 20 years of specialty experience in Oncology, Hospice, and Palliative Care Nursing. She has previously worked on units at Church Home Hospital in Baltimore, MD, St. Francis Hospital in Cincinnati, OH , and John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She also managed a Family Practitioner Office in Hagerstown, MD for 14 years. Ms. Cline has been affiliated with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association since 1995.

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Geoff Coleman, MD, MHA

Palliative Care Physician

Dr. Geoffrey Coleman attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (Mechanical Engineering) and Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. His first residency training was in emergency medicine, an experience which persuaded him to pursue a career that allowed more hands-on patient contact. He decided to switch to family medicine and earned his board certification in this specialty. Dr. Coleman spent his first year of practice in Kenya and Sierra Leone, Africa. On his return to the United States he provided primary medical care for nine years on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. Moving east to be near family, he established a community health center in Montross, Virginia, providing primary and preventive healthcare, with regular house calls to patients. He continued his passion for direct patient care, and for home visits, when he moved into hospice work by starting a practice focusing on home visits and palliative care in 2004. He served as its medical director. Since 2007 Dr. Coleman has practiced hospice and palliative medicine exclusively. Dr. Coleman is certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and in Family Medicine.

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Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD PhD

Palliative Care Physician

Dr. Izquierdo-Porrera is a trained Internist and Geriatrician and has extensive experience training and supporting healthcare technology and quality improvement projects. She has previously held positions as a hospitalist with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, and as Medical Director for a community health center in Washington DC. Dr. Izquierdo-Porrera holds an MD from the School of Medicine of Universitat de Barcelona and a PhD in Medicine from the School of Medicine of Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She is a well-cited and published researcher and has completed post-graduate training in Franklin Square Hospital Center in Maryland as well as the University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Izquierdo-Porrera currently supports Franklin Square’s research curriculum and has developed an evidence-based introduction to the principles of quality improvement. She is also currently the Co-Chair of the Latino Health Initiative’s Steering Committee.

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Nicole Christenson

Nicole Christenson, CRNP, MS, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Christenson received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1993 from Michigan State University and a Master of Science- Family Practice in 2000. While attending graduate school, she worked as a primary nurse for Montgomery Hospice from 1995-2000. Ms. Christenson started her nurse practitioner career in a private family practice office in Aspen Hill, MD with a focus on women’s health. However, hospice care remained her calling and she returned to Montgomery Hospice in 2009. She currently provides compassionate holistic care to patients at both Casey House and Hospice at Home. She is also actively involved with the education of both Montgomery Hospice staff and the community, giving webinars and lectures on hospice care.

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Sharon Cline

Sharon Cline, RN

Director of Clinical Access

Sharon Cline received her nursing degree in 1968 from Church Home Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD, and has been a registered nurse in Maryland since then. She was a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) for nearly 20 years. Ms. Cline has a strong background in hospice and palliative care nursing and patient advocacy, with experience developing and delivering programs to staff, community organizations, and medical providers on a range of hospice and palliative care management topics. She has over 20 years of specialty experience in Oncology, Hospice, and Palliative Care Nursing. She has previously worked on units at Church Home Hospital in Baltimore, MD, St. Francis Hospital in Cincinnati, OH , and John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She also managed a Family Practitioner Office in Hagerstown, MD for 14 years. Ms. Cline has been affiliated with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association since 1995.

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