Mary Bennett, DNS, APRN, is a professor and director of the Western Kentucky University School of Nursing. She has been a faculty member for 27 years, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her clinical work is as a family nurse practitioner in the primary care setting. Dr. Bennett’s primary research focus is testing the effects of various complementary therapies on physiological and psychological outcomes, using psychoneuroimmunlogy as the underlying theory. Her dissertation was on the effect of laughter on stress and natural killer cell activity. Her subsequent research has examined the effects of laughter, massage therapy, relaxation therapy, and music therapy on stress and immune function. Other areas of Dr. Bennett’s research interest are examining barriers to pre-nursing and nursing student success, and care of the end-of-life patient. Dr. Bennett has received research funding and awards from Rush University, Indiana State University, Western Kentucky University, and the Lambda Sigma and Kappa Theta chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International. She has presented her research at national and international conferences such as the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society conference and the International Society for Humor Studies conference. Dr. Bennett’s research has been published in numerous journals, including Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Oncology Nursing Forum, Psycho-Oncology, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Journal of Biological Research for Nursing, Brain Behavior and Immunity, BioPsychoSocial Medicine, and the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.
Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT, is an instructor in nursing and psychology at undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Dr. Wilson has a PhD in health psychology with a focus in psychoneuroimmunology and a master’s degree in holistic nursing. Dr. Wilson has worked in nursing for many years, gaining expertise in public health, mental health nursing, obstetrics, epidemiology, breastfeeding trends, wellness, behavioral influence on immunity, and nursing education. Dr. Wilson has a private practice as a holistic nurse and more than 100 publications to her credit, including peer-reviewed research articles. She has made more than 150 professional and peer-reviewed presentations. Dr. Wilson is an internationally known speaker on stress, health, immune function, and self-care. She is the managing editor of the International Journal of Childbirth Education. She was declared the Tennessee 2015 March of Dimes Nurse Educator of the Year in Tennessee and received the Tennessee Nurses’ Association Award for Nursing Excellence in Education. She is an associate professor at Austin Peay State University School of Nursing. The American Holistic Nurses Association declared Dr. Wilson the 2017-2018 Holistic Nurse of the Year.
Lynette S. Smith, PhD, PMHNP, FNP, is an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University School of Nursing, in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), family nurse practitioner (FNP), and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs at the graduate level. She practices as a PMHNP and FNP in a community mental health setting. Dr. Smith’s primary research interests include substance abuse, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT); clinical documentation in an electronic clinical tracking system (ECTS) to meet national core competencies; and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) outcomes. Dr. Smith has presented her research at international, regional, and local conferences such as Sigma Theta Tau International and the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, as well as Western Kentucky Research Day. Dr. Smith’s research has been published in several journals, including Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and Nurses in Professional Development.
Sherry Lovan, PhD, MSN, RN, has served as the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program coordinator in the Western Kentucky University (WKU) School of Nursing since 2012. Her educational background includes an associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree, a BSN degree, and a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from Western Kentucky University. In 2009, she earned a doctor or philosophy (PhD) degree in educational administration and organizational leadership from the University of Louisville/WKU. Her research interests include servant leadership, professionalism, mentoring, a positive work environment, and the retention of nursing students. She has published in Nursing Ethics, Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Christian Nursing, International Journal of Human Caring, Journal of Holistic Nursing, and Journal of Nursing Regulation.
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Dr. Tom Gerner, DDS: After graduating from Case-Western Reserve School of Dentistry, the U.S. Air Force sent me to Plattsburgh, New York. After 3½ years I opened my own practice and am still there. My partner, Craig Heins, and I joined forces three years ago by starting True North Dental Group. I have always enjoyed dentistry and find it amusing on a daily basis.