Our Nurse Practitioners

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Our Nurse Practitioners2018-12-19T18:57:08+00:00

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Our Nurse Practitioners

Michael Vicioso, CPNP

Mike is a certified pediatric holistic nurse practitioner who completed his training at California State University, Long Beach.  Mike believes that caring for a patient involves more than curing disease.  Rather, he believes that wellness encompasses the whole person: mind, body and spirit.  With children, in particular, caring includes incorporating the family as well as the child’s environment.

Mike started his career as a pediatric nurse at the Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles (CHLA), where he worked as a Pediatric Neurology nurse, as a researcher and clinic nurse. There, he helped establish the protocols for Diastat, a pediatric epilepsy medicine.

After helping set up the Pediatric Seizure Clinic at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, he went back to CHLA and worked for 8 years in their Pediatric Emergency Department as a trauma nurse and charge nurse.

Mike has vast experience caring for children who presented to the ER with various types of illness and injuries.  From the most severe traumas, automobile accidents, gunshots, and bicycle accidents, to very common illnesses such as asthma, ear infections, colds, and flues.

From CHLA, Mike moved on to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, CA in a new role as Pediatric Emergency Department Nurse Manager.  At St. Joseph’s, Mike was in charge of overseeing the entire pediatric population. Children’s Hospital of Orange County contracted with St. Joseph’s Hospital to provide emergency services to all of the children who presented there.  During his time at St. Joseph’s, Mike was integral at facilitating the care and admission of ill and injured patients. In addition, Mike was heavily involved in the State and National Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). During his time with ENA, Mike participated in the establishment of a pediatric certification exam committee for pediatric emergency nurses.  As a result, pediatric emergency nursing is now recognized nationally as a specialty care service.

mike2While busy working with ENA, Mike continued his training by attending California State University, Long Beach to achieve his pediatric nurse practitioner certificate.  Mike graduated in 2012 and is now a practicing certified pediatric nurse practitioner.  During his training, Mike sought out experiences with pediatricians who specialized in alternative and complementary medicine (CAM).  As a result, Mike is uniquely trained in traditional pediatrics, CAM, and the holistic philosophies of pediatric nursing.  Mike’s training, experience and expertise allow him to work with patients and families to bridge the services of traditional and naturopathic care in his practice.

Mike was born and raised in Southern California. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in healthcare with children.  Mike’s medical interests include access to care, alternative and complementary medicine, and encouraging developmental growth.

Mike enjoys travel, exploring how other cultures and indigenous people raise and care for their kids, and incorporating these ideas in his practice and in the way he cares for patients.  He is married to a very supportive pediatric nurse practitioner and has four children.

Nancy Taschner


Nancy is a certified family nurse practitioner in Long Beach.

After starting her nursing career in 1991 with a RN from Long Beach City College, Nancy worked for 10 years at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles (CHLA) as a pediatric intensive care nurse.

Nancy has experience as an emergency room nurse at both CHLA and at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, as well as registry experience at University of California Irvine Medical Center, Saint Joseph Hospital of Orange, St. Mary Medical Center, Cedar’s Sinai Hospital and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.

After traveling between hospitals for over a year, Nancy found a place in the pediatric intensive care unit at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and has been there for the past 11 years. At Miller, Nancy also worked on the pediatric intensive care transport team, providing care for critically ill infants, children and teens during transport.

Nancy’s two sons were diagnosed with autism at ages two and three, and this new challenge inspired her to continue her education and become a nurse practitioner. Nancy continued her training and earned a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2012 and recently graduated with her family nurse practitioner certificate from Cal State Long Beach, with over 600 hours in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN), and pediatrics. Nancy currently works at GHT as a family nurse practitioner.

Nancy is incredibly proud that her two teenaged sons have progressed spectacularly with behavior therapy and nutrition and now attend regular education without services.

Nancy grew up in Long Beach and is raising her family in the house that she was raised in. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and her dogs, including a Great Dane that requires a little too much attention!

Heather Perris

Heather is a certified family nurse practitioner in Long Beach.

She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2007 with a bachelor of science (BSN) in nursing.  Heather received her masters of science (MSN) in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2016.

Heather has dedicated 9 years of her nursing career to the adult intensive care unit (ICU) at University of California, Irvine in Orange and she recently joined Growing Healthy Together as a family nurse practitioner.

Heather has always had a passion for caring for people.  She knew she wanted to be a nurse from a young age. Her education and experience contribute toward her ability to support her patients’ health and wellness needs.

Heather recently made the move from in-patient to out-patient care. This move has allowed her to continue to provide care for others while allowing her the time to care for and focus on her family.

Beyond nursing, Heather’s other passion is for her family.  She lives in Lakewood with her husband and two kids, a 4-year old girl and a 4-month old boy.



Dr. Debby Rannalli

Dr. Rannalli is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP) in Long Beach.

Dr. Rannalli received her PNP at California State University, Long Beach and her doctorate in nursing practice from the CSUF/CSULB/CSULA Consortium.

Dr. Rannalli began her nursing career as RN pediatric nurse in the Pediatric ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Miller Children’s Hospital, and at UCLA.  After leaving UCLA, she began working in the Cardiothoracic ICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Dr. Rannalli worked in private practice as a PNP in Los Alamitos for 3 years. She has been teaching full-time in the nursing program at CSULB for the past 13 years. Dr. Rannalli currently works per diem at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a PNP in the surgical admitting department.

Dr. Rannalli has felt fortunate to work in medical centers of excellence in the advancement and care of pediatric patients. Returning to school as student in 2012 to obtain her doctorate in nursing has allowed her to become more involved in nursing research and improving the lives of the patients she comes in contact with on a daily basis.  Being a professor in nursing at CSULB allows her to impart her experience and knowledge to the nursing students.

Dr. Rannalli’s 30 years of experience help to inform incoming pediatric nurses in both teaching and in clinical settings. With a continual focus on patients and patient care, she feels that patients should be listened to and assisted in any way possible. In our current age where seemingly unending information is at our fingertips, Dr. Rannalli believes in helping her patients and students to the healthcare we all deserve.

Dr. Rannalli enjoys cooking and socializing. Her passions are student success and advocacy. She moved to Long Beach at 18 years of age, completed her education here and in the LA area, and has continued to be a part of the Long Beach community since. She lives with her partner of over 25 years and their two children in Long Beach.


California requires that nurse practitioners practice under a supervising physician.  At Growing Healthy Together our supervising physician is Dr. Praful Sarode, MD.