Stella has been a registered nurse since 1988. Originally from the United Kingdom, she relocated to the U.S. in 1999, settling in Florida in 2000. She has an extensive background in the field of mental health, but switched gears in 2013 to focus on bariatric nursing. She is a certified bariatric nurse, who has a special affinity with patients after having bariatric surgery herself in 2011. Stella is the bariatric coordinator and clinical reviewer at Manatee Memorial Hospital, overseeing patient care and staff and patient education for this client group. A lifelong learner, she hopes to graduate from Walden University next year with a masters in healthcare administration.