About Carolyn E. Hickman, PhD, RN, CPNP

What led you to your career as a neurology doctor/surgeon?
My interest in neurology developed during my daughter's extended hospitalization at Boston Children's Hospital because of status epilepticus and hemiparesis secondary to encephalitis.

What is the best thing about your job?
The opportunity to work with children and families.

Have you received a special gift of thanks or piece of artwork from a child?
Yes, multiple pictures that children color in the office setting.

What is your favorite children's book?
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

How do you go about calming a child's fears? Aside from the wonderful work of the Child Life team?
I mimic bird and other animal sounds, which the children typically respond positively to.

How do you build trust with a parent?
By being honest with the parent about what's going on with his/her child.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Gardening, hiking, and traveling

What is your favorite local restaurant?
Va Bene Italian Restaurant in Ahwatukee

Can you tell us about your family?
I am married and have 3 adult children (2 boys and a girl). My youngest son attended Arizona State University, majoring in Chemical Engineering. My oldest son graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Communications. My daughter graduated from Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and from the University of Vermont with a Doctor of Medicine degree. She recently completed her intern year. My husband is a Chemical Engineer and has a job that has allowed him to travel extensively across the continent.

Where are you originally from, and how did you get here?
I was reared in South Carolina, moved to Derry, New Hampshire upon graduation from college, and moved to Arizona because of a job transition for my husband.

Medical School / Education

BSN - 1980 University of South Carolina

MS - 1991 Clemson University

PNP Certification - 1998 Arizona State University

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Association of Child Neurology Nurses

Arizona Chapter, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Relationship Between Adolescents with Chronic Daily Headaches and Family Dynamics


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1919 E. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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Absolutely wonderful care every visit! The doctor was amazing, kind, compassionate, and informative. Thank you!

Caroline is wonderful, kind, knowledgeable.