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Athena Nicole Pickenpack-Cousar
Cone Health Medical Group

Athena Nicole Pickenpack-Cousar, NP

Specialties and/or Subspecialties

  • Hospice and Palliative Care,
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
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With more than a decade of experience, Athena “Nikki” Pickenpack-Cousar, AGPCNP-BC, is board certified in adult-gerontology as a primary care nurse practitioner. Her professional focus is on palliative care.

Using a holistic, patient and family-focused approach, she collaborates with her patients and families to provide empathetic care and help them navigate their health journey. Also, she strives to form therapeutic, respectful and trusting relationships with her patients. She also teaches smoking cessation classes at Cone Health.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons and the family’s dog, Bella.

“Nursing is not a job but a calling that I love now more than the day I began nursing over 11 years ago.” – Athena “Nikki” Pickenpack-Cousar, AGPCNP-BC



Graduate School

South University, Post-Masters, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Winston-Salem State University, M.S. Nursing


Winston-Salem State University, B.S. Nursing

Board Certifications

  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Oncology Nursing