Dr. Collins entered a three year diploma program in nursing immediately following high school and has been caring for patients for more than 35 years. He earned his post masters certification as a nurse practitioner and has worked for more than 20 years in diabetes care. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. He has a keen interest in chronic illness. Dr. Collins has taught on the graduate and undergraduate levels in areas surrounding health and human disease for more than 25 years.