Denise has been a nurse for over thirty-five years, and a nurse practitioner for over 20 years. Her first job working with children and families was in high school as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA. Throughout her nursing career Crosson has worked with children and their families in hospital, home, hospice, and community-based settings. She earned a masters and doctoral degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a fellow in the VA-LEND neurodevelopmental disabilities training program, which focused on children and families. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2000 by ANCC, Addiction as advanced practice nurse by INTNSA since 2006 and in Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced practice nursing by ANCC since 2015.