Rikke has overseen La Hacienda’s nursing program since 2008. A native of Denmark, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1987, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Simmons College in Boston. She found her calling in mental health/chemical dependency in the early 1990’s while working in an acute detoxification unit. She seeks nurses who fit our team and have outstanding nursing skills. It’s hard work, she admits, but the reward comes in seeing patients who “have renewed hope, are healthier, and are re-establishing relationships with loved ones.” Rikke, who also has a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M-Commerce, volunteers with the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses which assists nursing professionals dealing with drug, alcohol or mental health related issues.