Bonnie Budd has been a registered nurse and a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 25 years. Her experience includes pediatric critical care nursing, adolescent health, family planning, adolescent substance abuse, juvenile justice health care, pediatric foster care, and care of youth with autism and developmental disabilities. Ms. Budd believes that building open, genuine relationships with youth and their families is pivotal in promoting healthier lifestyles.
Ms. Budd earned a diploma in nursing from Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Elmira College, and a Master’s Degree in the Care of Children and Families from the University of Rochester. She has served as adjunct clinical faculty for the University of Rochester and St. John Fisher College. Ms. Budd has presented nationally on a variety of topics paramount to adolescent health. She became certified as an Animal Assisted Therapy handler in 2016 through ECAD (Educating Canines for Assisting with Disabiities) at The Children’s Village. The relationships she built there provide her the opportunity to bring Captiva, a truly special Golden Retriever therapy dog, to Shrub Oak International School to spread joy to students, families, and staff alike.