Denise M. Ayers, MS, FMP, Nursing Director Clinical Services
In 2016, Denise Ayers joined the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County as the nursing director providing executive oversight of all clinical services including family planning, sexually transmitted disease clinics, child and travel immunizations, school health, dental services, cancer and tobacco prevention, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. She also has responsibility for the agency’s emergency preparedness unit.
Denise has an extensive career in public health as a provider of care and within administration. Before joining DOH-Volusia, she worked as a family nurse practitioner for the New York State office of Children and Family Services where she served as medical department administrator in Brookwood Secure Center. The secure residential facility provides primary medical, mental health, education and rehabilitation services for youth age 12 to 21 years. Immediately preceding, she worked for the New York State Office of Mental Health as a family nurse practitioner within the primary care clinic with a focus on immunizations, infectious and communicable disease control, employee health and emergency responses. She also served as the public health director for the Rensselaer County (New York) Department of Health, where she planned, organized and directed comprehensive public health programs.
Denise began her more than 33-year healthcare career as a home health aide, working her way through positions including public health technician, public health nurse, supervising public health nurse and family nurse practitioner. She also provided hospice and palliative care as a community health registered nurse for Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.
Denise has earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of science degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. She currently holds a license as a registered nurse in New York State and Florida. In addition, she also holds a New York State license as a family nurse practitioner.