Portia Keene, Practice Manager
Portia Keene has joined the Burkhart Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology (BPAD) team as the Practice Manager. She joins the team with years of experience managing a busy urgent care clinic in rural Arizona, and aims to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to help grow and develop BPAD into a practice that focuses on delivering exceptional patient care to babies, children, teens, and their families, while simultaneously supporting BPAD’s objectives and mission.
Portia attended Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Business Economics and Health Services Administration. Portia continues to seek opportunities for professional growth and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Healthcare Administration with the goal of bringing that knowledge to her management of BPAD.
As an avid community volunteer, Portia served as a patient advocate at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannah and as an ambassador with the Peace Corps. Portia led a research initiative, in conjunction with the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, to improve the safety of cyclists; served as a consultant advising local business owners on ways to improve the efficiency of their businesses; and she also conducted economic research with the Center for Regional Analysis, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and World Trade Center Savannah. These ventures give Portia unique experience and perspective to lead a specialty clinic through its stages of inception and infancy. She was also the recipient of the Yvonne English Memorial Award for academic achievement and service to her university, as well as the Mary Foy Space Award for excellence in economics.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, she currently resides in Raleigh. Portia moved several times cross country with her husband, who previously served in the Army, but looks forward to calling Raleigh her forever home. Portia enjoys competing in triathlons, continuing her education, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their energetic Siberian Husky. Recently, Portia completed her first full Ironman event in Boulder, as becoming an Ironman has been a longtime personal goal of hers. Portia and her husband also just traveled to the Patagonia Region where they spent three weeks exploring Argentina and Chile to the fullest by summiting Mount Fitz Roy, backpacking the infamous Torres del Paine W Trek, and sailing through the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn (known as the world’s southernmost point).
Betty Tinnin, Licensed Practical Nurse
Betty Tinnin is Burkhart Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology’ (BPAD) Licensed Practical Nurse. She comes to BPAD with over 30 years of nursing experience, which includes Obstetrics and Gynecology, Female Oncology, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Medical Auditing, and currently Dermatology. Her years of experience have supplied her with extensive knowledge to help improve the lives of babies, children, teens, and their families, through providing respectful and inclusive care at BPAD.
Betty graduated from Roanoke City Schools, School of Practical Nursing in Roanoke, VA, and has since developed a vast career in nursing. Betty loves being a nurse and truly believes it is her calling. She finds much joy in knowing that she makes a difference in so many lives. Education being a huge factor in her own life, she went back to school in 2001 and attended Troutmans Technical College to obtain her manicurist license. Betty constantly educates herself on the most recent healthcare technological advances, and seeks ways to advance her nursing knowledge and technical skill so that she can ensure she is providing the best possible care to her patients. She understands that the healthcare industry is always growing, and she plans to grow with it.
Recently, Betty participated in the 43rd Annual Southeastern Consortium for Dermatology, where she assisted with the patient viewing portion. Betty has also received the Duke Dermatology Streicher Award in recognition for her exceptional contributions to the Department of Dermatology and total commitment to the goals of outstanding patient care, education, and research.
When not at work, Betty enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, along with their extended family. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, singing, exercising, and utilizing her manicurist license. She also likes to volunteer for organizations that give back to the community.
“The longer I’m in the profession, the more experiences shape my life, the more amazing colleagues influence me, the more I see the micro and macro power of nursing.” – Joni Watson
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