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EduMed’s expert contributors are trusted and experienced specialists in their fields. They come from a variety of backgrounds and include accomplished nurses, physicians, dental professionals, veterinarians, and more. Our expert contributors share EduMed’s mission to educate the public and provide reliable resources to those looking to start or advance their healthcare education. Our contributors lend their expertise by reviewing the accuracy and quality of the information on EduMed. 

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Alexander-Belkin
Alexander Belkin

Experienced
Medical Assistant

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Alexander Belkin is an experienced medical assistant on his way to becoming a licensed physician. He has received a double major in neuroscience and biology from Brandeis University and is experienced in internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, oncology, neurology, and clinical pathology. When he’s not at the hospital, Alex works with the United States Medical Licensing Examination board creating study material and practice exams.

Allison Spain
Allison Spain

Registered
Nurse

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Allison Spain is a Registered Nurse with over 10 years of nursing experience; she holds a BA in psychology and a BSN and MSN in nursing. Beside her nursing experience her other experience includes oncology and med-surg patient care. She has filled administrative positions, care coordination roles, and has authored health care policies impacting patient care, reimbursement, and Medicaid expansion.

Amanda-Jondle
Amanda Jondle

Licensed
Veterinarian

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Dr. Amanda Jondle is licensed veterinarian who focuses on small animal medicine and surgery. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has a special Interest in integrative medicine, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Besides caring for the animals on her farm, Dr. Jondle enjoys writing for her blog, Vetmewsings.com.

Benjamin Caleb Williams
Benjamin “Caleb” Williams

RN, BA,
CEN

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Caleb is an Ivy League-educated nurse consultant with a strong clinical background, including supervisory positions within ICU and ER settings. In addition to his clinical work, Caleb practices as an expert nurse consultant and nurse writer, having written hundreds of healthcare-related articles and blog posts. He is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and holds multiple advanced certifications in emergency and trauma nursing.

Canon-Welch
Canon Welch

Instructor for the American
Heart Association

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Canon Welch began her career as an EMT-Basic/Firefighter before attending the Foothill College Paramedic program. She holds the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic certification and works as an instructor for the American Heart Association teaching future generations of paramedics and proctoring the NREMT exam.

Caroline Meyers
Caroline Myers

Licensed Mater
Social Worker

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Caroline is a graduate of the University of Southern California Suzanna Dvorak-Peck School of Social Work where she specialized in military social work and adult healthy aging. Now a Licensed Master Social Worker, she focuses on counseling, skill-building, independent living resources, assessment, and advocacy.  She has a passion for mental health and experience working with individuals in  herapeutic settings, case management, diagnoses, and assessments.

Chalice Blinick
Chalice Blinick

Family Nurse
Practitioner

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Chalice Blinick is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in hospital and outpatient settings including renal care, ortho-neuro-trauma, medical-surgical, family medicine, and urgent care. She also runs a blog nursechalice.com

Dianne-Barnard
Dianne Barnard

Registered Nurse-Board
Certified

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Dianne Barnard is a Registered Nurse-Board Certified with over 20 years of nursing experience. In addition to her nursing degree, she has a Bachelor of Science in Education and is board certified in both psychiatric and holistic nursing. Dianne has experience working in bedside, oncology, ICU, home-health, clinical nursing instruction, and mental health.

Eileen Johnson
Eileen Johnson

Master’s Prepared Acute
Care Registered Nurse

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Eileen Johnson is a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse with almost 40 years of experience in acute care, hospice and palliative care, long-term care, education of healthcare students, and hospital medicine. In her career, Eileen has provided direct patient care and has served in multiple leadership positions. She has expertise in quality, risk management, business analysis in healthcare, and process improvement.

Elizabeth Provanzana
Elizabeth Provanzana

Licensed Physician
Assistant

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Elizabeth Provanzana is a licensed physician assistant with a multi-specialty background. Having earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Physician Assistant Sciences from St. Francis University, she has 13 years of experience in clinical medicine in areas of general, vascular, thoracic, gynecology, obstetrics, neurosurgical, orthopedic, and urological surgery.

James Wenkheimer
James Wenkheimer

Registered
Nurse

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James Wenkheimer has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and exercise science and is currently an emergency room nurse at his local hospital. Previously, James has been an ICU nurse, ER tech, and telemetry technician. Prior to his healthcare career, James was a personal trainer and worked.

Jennifer-McGivney
Jennifer McGivney

Licensed Dental
Hygienist

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Jennifer McGivney is a licensed dental hygienist with a decade of experience working in dental care. She began her career as a dental assistant before going on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University.

Jessica Dzubak
Jessica Dzubak

MSN,
RN

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Jessica Dzubak, MSN, RN is a Registered Nurse and nursing professional development practitioner. Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Nursing, specializing in education. Prior to working in professional development, Jessica practiced in the emergency department. She currently works as the Director of Nursing Practice for a professional nursing organization and as a freelance healthcare writer.

Karen Henery
Karen Henery

Licensed Massage
Therapist

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Karen Henery is a licensed massage therapist with practice in a variety of techniques including shiatsu, tui na, Swedish, fertility, prenatal, and intuitive massage. Karen has received training as a medical Qi Gong therapist which she offers along with hatha yoga instruction, peer specialist services, and more.

Kimberly-Hicks
Kimberly Hicks

Registered
Nurse

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Kimberly Hicks is a registered nurse specializing in labor and delivery. She began her career working as a unit secretary on the surgical floor of a hospital before going on to earn an associate’s degree and later a bachelor’s degree from the California State University in Chico. She is experienced working in operating rooms, intensive care units, and the delivery room.

Lisa-Gallagher
Lisa Gallagher

Medical Billing and
Coding Field

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Lisa Gallagher has been working in the medical billing and coding field for over 10 years specializing in complete practice management and medical billing consulting. She helps her clients develop the most profitable and patient-centric practices possible.

Michealla-Edwards
Michealla-Edwards

Registered Dental
Assistant

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Michealla Edwards is a cross-trained Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and patient care coordinator working toward her degree in nursing. When Michealla isn’t working with dental patients and studying for nursing courses, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.

Norma-Battaglia
Norma Battaglia

Registered
Nurse

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Norma is a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse with over 35 years of clinical and leadership experience. With education long being a focus of her career, she has worked teaching and coordinating programs for students, EMS providers, nurses, physicians, and community groups. Norma has been able to combine her knowledge and experience in EMS, acute care, and public health to mentor others to become part of the healthcare solution.

Pat-Byrnes
Pat Byrnes

Degrees in Business
Management and Nursing

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Pat Byrnes began her career as a nurse in the hospital and medical practice sector before going on to create her own company based on the principle of incorporating the clinical knowledge she possessed with the business acumen she achieved in her work experience. Over the years, Pat has expanded her company to fill the need for competent, skilled, proficient, and capable medical billers, consultants, accountants, and credentialing specialists. With degrees in business management and nursing, she holds an active nursing license as well as her certified medical biller and coder credential.

Rachel-Derr
Rachel Derr

Certified Nurse
Educator

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Dr. Rachel Derr received her BSN from Widener University before going on to earn her MSN in nursing education and administration and a DNP from Duquesne University. She is a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing and is additionally certified in Low-Risk Neonatal Nursing through National Certification Corporation. Her experience encompasses nursing academia in the areas of evidence-based nursing education, clinical education, assessment, technology in teaching, and NCLEX-RN preparation. Dr. Derr currently serves as Director of Clinical Operations at Rutgers School of Nursing where she develops, implements, and participates in programs and initiatives that provide learning opportunities in clinical pedagogy with a focus on experimental learning and civic engagement.

Renee-Leuschke
Renee Leuschke

Master of Science in
Occupational Therapy

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Renee Leuschke is a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Registered & Licensed with over 10 years of experience working in hospitals and outpatient clinicals. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works with clients with neuro-related diagnoses such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis.

Renee-Warmbrodt
Renee Warmbrodt

Pediatric Nurse
Practitioner

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Renee Warmbrodt is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience working with pediatrics in a range of settings. She graduated from Saint Louis University with her MSN and currently works with a pediatric urology group in St. Louis, MO. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Renee worked several years with critically ill children as a PICU staff nurse. She also has experience educating, precepting, and mentoring nursing students.

Ron Kness
Ron Kness

Retired Command
Sergeant Major

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Ron Kness retired in November 2007 as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer after serving 36 years with the Minnesota Army National Guard. For three years, Mr. Kness served as the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major, traveling to operational theaters, active duty and National Guard posts, and military medical facilities to help soldiers and their families. Mr. Kness also served on the Senior Leadership Team that developed and implemented Minnesota’s “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” program. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, MN, and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy located in El Paso, TX.

Sadia Chaudhrl-Zutsh
Sadia Chaudhrl-Zutsh

Medical
Doctor

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Sadia Chaudhry-Zutshiis an MD graduate with an MBA in Healthcare Management who is on her way to become a psychiatrist. She is experienced in fields such as medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, podiatry, addictive medicine, and pain management. When she is not working towards her career goals, she works with children with disabilities and enjoys spending time with her family.

Sadie-Black
Sadie Black

Certified and Licensed
Pharmacy Technician

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Sadie Black is a certified and licensed pharmacy technician. She received her Associate of Science in Pharmacy Technician with a pre-major in pharmacy study before earning her state certification and national license from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Sadie has experience working in both chain and independent pharmacies as lead pharmacy tech and is a member of the National Pharmacy Tech Association.

Shana-Myers
Shana Myers

Registered
Nurse

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Shana Myers is registered nurse with over 12 years of experience working in various areas of concentration including medical-surgical nursing, informatics, and nurse education. With a Master of Science in Nursing and a background in gynecology, colorectal, palliative medicine, neurology, orthopedics, urology, she uses her experience to work as a hospital educator helping new graduate nurses transition into RNs.

Stephanie Johannsen
Stephanie Johannsen

Registered
Nurse

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Stephanie Johannsenis a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA). Her unique background includes extensive clinical and administrative roles in hospitals, insurance companies, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), drug companies, start-up joint ventures, ambulatory centers, hospice, long term care, home health, travel nursing and overseas education. She also worked as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) assisting with class action lawsuits, medical malpractice cases and catastrophic injury cases. Stephanie has had an exciting career fully exploring nearly every aspect of health care and thrives on sharing those experiences with others who wish to enter the field.

Tyler Faust
Tyler Faust

Master Prepared
Nurse

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Tyler Faustcurrently serves as a nurse manager at Mayo Clinic. He has over 7 years of nursing experience in med/surg, GI, and radiology. Tyler obtained his Master’s degree in Nursing and Organizational Leadership and is passionate about leadership and innovation in healthcare.

Vivian Hazzard Nursing Professional
Vivian Hazzard

Registered
Nurse

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Vivian Hazzard is a registered nurse, certified in public health, with over 30 years of experience. A proud graduate of Loma Linda University School of Nursing, her clinical experience includes medical surgical, women’s and children’s health, hospice, home and community health. She also has expertise in healthcare management, training, informatics and quality.

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