Alina M. Perez is an assistant professor of Public Health at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She holds a master Degree in Social Work from Barry University and a Law Degree from the University of Miami; she is currently finishing her master of public health at the University of South Florida Executive program. During her 20 years in the medical field, Ms. Perez has worked extensively with older populations and the terminally ill. She worked as a social worker for a local Hospice and has published in the areas of mental health law and assisted suicide.