A Specialist Dedicated to Preventing Heart Disease

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About-Nicole

Nicole Ciffone, MSN, ANP-C, FNLA
Clinical Lipid Specialist

After more than 20 years of working with patients who suffer from cardiovascular disease, Nicole is a strong believer in making prevention a priority.  She developed a Lipid Clinic for large cardiology practice after becoming a certified Clinical Lipid Specialist in 2012.  The results she achieved motivated her to dedicate herself to this endeavor and led to the development of the Arizona Center for Advanced Lipidology.

Nicole has experience in all aspects of caring for patients with cardiovascular disease with a special focus adopting a healthy lifestyle so patients can feel their best.  Nicole is proud of her nursing background that has taught her how partnering with patients can help them get results and achieve their goals.

Recognized as a specialist in Lipidology, Nicole spends much of her time providing education for patients and other healthcare providers.   She has spoken nationally and internationally on topics of management of acute coronary syndromes, and management of lipid disorders.  She has written articles on managing patients with lipid disorders and heart disease.

Nicole is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is certified by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology as a Clinical Lipid Specialist.

About Yaxza

Yaxza Rivera, MA
Medical Assistant

Yaxza is a certified medical assistant that has worked with Nicole at Arizona Lipid Center since she completed her schooling at Pima Medical Institute.  Yaxza prepares all medical records and charts and gets each patient ready for their lipid visit. She does all the necessary paperwork to make sure each patient has what they need based on Nicole's recommendations.  Yaxza loves being able to help others especially in aspects of their medical care and disease prevention.

"My biggest goal is making sure that all who come to Arizona Lipid Center have an amazing, positive experience"