East Meets West: Merging Best Practices – Holistic Nurse Certification Preparation Seminar
Glenda Christiaens, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, “Glenda The Good Nurse”
Glenda is the Immediate Past President of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). The mission of AHNA is to advance holistic nursing through Community-building, Advocacy, Research and Education. Her responsibilities included representing the organization in public, leading the board of directors, and overseeing operations. Recently resigned from her position as Dean of Nursing at Fortis College in Salt Lake City. While there, she helped launch the nursing program, develop and implement a new curriculum, and prepare for NLNAC accreditation. Before Fortis College, she taught nursing for 10 years at Brigham Young University, where she received tenure and taught community health nursing, holistic nursing, and health assessment. In 2010 she was the host of the Glenda the Good Nurse radio talk show, where she interviewed guests and took calls regarding integrative healing. She has a PhD in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of Utah, where she also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She is a Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurse and enjoys studying and presenting stress management and motivational workshops throughout the country as “Glenda the Good Nurse”..
Dawn Knudsen Gerber, Pharm.D., CGP, FASCP, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice:
Dr. Gerber received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. She completed a residency in Pharmacy Practice with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care at the Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska and holds a Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy. Her practice site is Banner Health Center. She established a Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Clinic and provides clinical pharmacist services to physicians and geriatric patients. She is the Residency Program Director for a pharmacy geriatric residency program. Dr. Gerber also teaches the required Complementary and Alternative Medicine (herbals) course and “Political Advocacy and Leadership” pharmacy elective. Her areas of interest include geriatric pharmacotherapy, natural products, and political advocacy.
Dr. Peng Sun, M.D. (China), Ph.D. (China), L.Ac.
Doctor’s Degree of Medicine (DTCM, PhD),Shanghai University of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Shanghai China, 2004 (The TCM treatment to Spondylosis) Master’s Degree of Medicine Department of Orthopedics Surgery, Medical College of Qingdao University, Shandong China 1999 (The biomechanics research of the bone and joint disease), Bachelor Degree in Medicine, Chinese Medicine Department Shandong University of TCM Shandong China 1993
Pain Management through Integrative pain Therapy
Catherine Niemiec, JD, L.AC
Licensed Acupuncturist,Vice-Chair and Acting Chair, Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), President and Founder, Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA College & Clinic) President and Founder, Arizona Society of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture (state professional organization) Teach seminars and provide guest presentations on Asian Medicine/acupuncture and mind-body modalities for the community and healthcare professionals.
Loretta Rodgers, Licensed Massage Therapist/Reflexologist/Reiki Master
Health care professional with approximately 30 years’ experience This experience has been in the acute care setting, education setting, private medical office practice as well as the owner of small business. Is an instructor with MCC – Health Core Curriculum Courses. Eleven years as an LPN and thirteen years as a Surgical Tech. Licensed Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, and Reiki Master.
Dr. Michael Iliescu, M.D.
Completed a four year residency program in surgical/clinical pathology at Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, New York. He completed a Forensic fellowship at Broward County Medical Examiner’s office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Iliescu worked as a medical examiner at Maricopa Medical Examiner’s office and at Coconino County Medical Examiner’s office. He graduated from a 3 year homeopathy (AMCH) school. He has 7 years of teaching experience in the fields of Biochemistry and Pathology of trauma.
Cosmetic Facial Rejuvenation
Toni Bennalley, M.S.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac., CPhT
Toni has been working in the healthcare field since 1991. She graduated from PIHMA where she also served as student Body President for 3 years. She obtained additional medical training at Chengdu University, in China, where she studied emotional disorders, scalp acupuncture and tui-na. Formerly a Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician. Toni maintains a private practice in Glendale, AZ specializing in neck/back pain, migraines and sciatica and is also the first acupuncturist at Banner Hospitals in the Phoenix area.
Priscilla Holly, MS, BSN, RN
Priscilla Holly is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with 27 years’ experience in nursing. She started her nursing career as a hospital nurse in Labor and Delivery. Then went to Arizona State University to get her Master’s in Maternal Child Nursing and certification to be a Nurse Practitioner. Currently Priscilla is working for a medicare/medicaid health plan developing and implementing programs for their women’s health program and going to PIHMA to earn her Master’s in Oriental Medicine. Priscilla enjoys hiking, swimming, and traveling with her family. Currently Priscilla is working for a medicare/medicaid health plan developing and implementing programs for their women’s health program and going to PIHMA to earn her Master’s in Oriental Medicine. Priscilla enjoys hiking, swimming, and traveling with her family.
Advanced Physical & Orthopedic Exam Techniques
Kathy Bilak, B.S., PA-C
OM student at Phoenix Institute of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. She has been a practicing PA for 21 years, the last 14 of which have been in Radiation Oncology. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and received her PA training from Kettering College in Kettering, OH.