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The Authors Full Story

Leslie's Professional Background

Leslie Pedreira, MS, APRN, CPNP-PC, PMHS

Leslie is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a second board certification as a Primary Mental Health Specialist.

She received her bachelor’s in nursing from The Florida State University and her master’s degree from the University of South Florida. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in all areas of Pediatrics, including the Emergency Room and Intensive care units. Her experience as a Nurse Practitioner includes both Primary Care and Pediatric Neurology.

She currently works as a Pediatric Neurology Nurse Practitioner with a Board Certified Epileptologist and Developmentalist in Central Florida.

In her free time, Leslie enjoys reading, arts and crafts and all types of outdoor activities. She lives with her Fiancé Marc and their dog Zoey.


Leslie's Writing Roots

Leslie been working with children for close to 30 years. Nothing makes her happier than helping children grow up understanding what is happening to them and their bodies.

Her love is Pediatric Neurology, particularly Epilepsy. Seizures can be very scary to watch and devastating for families to live with. It is a very complicated subject for both children and adults to understand.

Leslie's goal with Spike and the Gang is to make Epilepsy less scary. The series addresses topics in epilepsy that families may struggle to understand. The series will take on difficult subjects as Epilepsy Syndromes and Epilepsy Surgery as well as the basics.

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Her Writing Style

Each book is written with the goal of making children more comfortable talking about what is happening to them. Leslie is hopeful that these books will be used as teaching tools for family and friends.

She sincerely hopes you enjoy reading about Spike and his friends as they travel through the brain! They may be trouble makers, but they want you to learn and understand just as much as she does!

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