By Sharon Aron Baron
The Coral Springs Fire Department has selected a new operations manager for the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety to elevate and advance its outreach through various future educational programs.
Dr. Andrea Pryce, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, was selected for her experience and vast knowledge of health and is the first woman to lead the fire academy.
“I am happy to welcome Dr. Pryce to our team,” said Fire Chief Michael McNally. “She brings a considerable amount of educational experience to our organization, which provides the opportunity to advance our training and educational programs for students and the fire rescue profession.”
Before joining the City of Coral Springs, Dr. Pryce worked at Life Extension Foundation as an oncology health advisor providing integrative oncology information to patients from all over the world. She went on to serve as medical editor of Life Extension Magazine.
Dr. Pryce has served as a faculty member at several different institutions teaching various health science courses and integrative medicine, like botanical medicine, acupuncture, and holistic nutrition.
Later in her career, she became a program director at Everglades University, where she advanced to associate dean of Allied Health, overseeing the undergraduate and graduate health science degrees. She was promoted to dean of academic affairs at the Boca Raton campus of Everglades University in 2019.
She earned her undergraduate degree, bachelor of science in psychology, from the University of Alaska, where she served as an athletic trainer and had her first experiences working with the firefighter profession.
As a physical therapy assistant in a local sports medicine clinic, she assisted firefighters, smoke jumpers, and athletes of all ages resume physical activity.
In 2006, she received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She joined the Arizona Advanced Medicine team in Scottsdale, Arizona, before going into private practice, specializing in cancer treatment.
Fire Chief McNally said, “Under her leadership, I look forward to seeing the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety expand educational opportunities offered through the academy. I am confident she will be a great addition to our team.”
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