INF History & Previous Fellows

Established in 2016, the Integrative Nursing Fellowship, is the first program in the world to provide Integrative nursing curriculum development to nurse educators. Our goal is to train a new generation of nurse educators to lead students, clinicians, and systems in whole-person, patient-centered care models that utilize the full range of therapeutic interventions. 

Program Staff

Mary Koithan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, FAAN
Program Director

Co-Author of Integrative Nursing, the definitive guide to integrative patient care, providing a guide to whole person/whole systems assessment and evidence informed interventions for individuals, families, and communities. Her scholarship is focused on the effectiveness of and responses to complex systems of care, including integrative oncology and survivor wellbeing, homeopathy, integrative nursing and wellbeing in chronically ill populations, and care coordination delivered by professional as well as lay providers. She is also interested in responses to integrative therapeutics, care delivery models for whole systems of care, preparing faculty members to teach integrative nursing across academic programs and novel methodological approaches consistent with complex systems science.

Natalie Pool, PhD, RN
Lead Faculty/Program Coordinator

A clinical assistant professor with more than a decade of clinical nursing experience, including working with complex populations in sub-Saharan Africa and with two southwestern Native American communities, where she learned a variety of healing modalities based in cultural traditions. Her teaching experience includes courses focused on the application of integrative nursing approaches in the clinical setting and qualitative research methods. Her work with several grants supporting Native American, Hispanic, first generation college, and other underrepresented students reflects her interest in improving diversity and cultural safety training in nursing.

Integrative Nursing Fellows

Carolina Baldwin, DNP, RN, CCRN

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
The desire to change the approach we use to educate nurses, so we produce graduate nurses who are resilient while practicing integrative nursing in a culturally sensitive, caring, knowledgeable manner. 

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to learn how to be a better nurse and educator by creating an inclusive, caring environment in which students can thrive and patients can heal. Additionally, I hope to learn techniques to help myself, my students, as well as my fellow practicing nurses, become more resilient while increasing general wellbeing.

Nancy Baumhover, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE

Clinical Associate Professor, BSN-IH Phoenix Site Coordinator, University of Arizona College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
For me, caring for the whole person is the only way to optimize a person’s overall health. It has been a dream of mine to become a Fellow since the inception of this program several years ago.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
My hope is to gain a deeper understanding of integrative nursing to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and lead a prelicensure baccalaureate nursing program focused on caring and healing the whole person. I am interested in creating concept-based, active online learning strategies concerning the integrative therapies that can be included in everyday bedside patient care.

Sandra Benavides-Vaello, PhD, RN, BSN, MPAff

Associate Professor/Campus Director, Montana State University College of Nursing, Missoula, MT

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I was raised in a largely Mexican American community near the Texas/Mexico border, so the use of sobaderas (bone setters/tissue manipulators), herbalistas (herbalists), and curanderas (folk healers) was very common. When I was pursuing my doctorate in nursing, I focused my research on food ways and how this impacted diabetes self-care in low-income Latinas. I’m fascinated by the temporality of culture and how the use of folk remedies has also evolved, including perspectives on nomenclature used (e.g. sobaderas, herbalistas, curanderas, etc.).  

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
Everything! I hope to learn from my peers and faculty about what integrative nursing means. I’m not just referring to the definition or conceptual framework, but the whole of it. What it looks like, what it feels like, and how do I relay this to students and imbue into my research. I thought I knew exactly what approaches within integrative nursing I wanted to pursue, but now I want to take a breath and explore options I’d not considered. 

Nicole Bencs, DNP, RN-BC, CPNP

Clinical Instructor, University of Arizona

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I hope to gain knowledge of Integrative Nursing that I can utilize in my course, teaching, in my professional nursing practice and in my personal life.  Since I do not have prior experience with integrative approaches, I wanted the opportunities this innovative program has to offer.  I am very interested in learning and becoming proficient in integrative modalities and being able to apply them in multiple areas of my life.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I see this fellowship as an opportunity to learn new approaches for nursing practice, be a leader for change in my course and to grow overall as an educator.  I expect it to help me bring new perspective and ideas to my course that will enhance student learning.  I also hope to learn integrative and healing techniques for myself to bring a new balance to my life.  I look forward to learning how simple techniques such as breathing exercises can benefit me, my family, my students and ultimately the care patients receive. 

Karen Butterbaugh, MSN-Ed, RNC

Senior Lecturer, University of Arizona

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
The value of the Fellowship is aligning nursing education and nursing practice to emphasize health and integrating wellness in all aspects of life.  I will provide support and motivation while offering tools and strategies for effective actions leading to healthier behaviors for our students in the nursing curriculum.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
My personal goal for the Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship is to energize, balance and renew my physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual self.  As a nurse educator, my professional goal is learning integrative nursing strategies to teach students and be an effective a role model for students, clients and families.

Heather Carlisle, PhD, DNP, FNP, AGACNP, ACHPN

Clinical Associate Professor, AGACNP Specialty Coordinator, University of Arizona

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I have spent my nursing career focused on pain and symptom management. My goal is always to make people feel better, yet I find that my training has almost exclusively focused on pharmacologic methods to achieve that goal, whether the symptom is physical, psychological or even spiritual.  I joined the INF with the hope of building a more diverse toolkit to help my patients feel better.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
My primary goal in the INF is to broaden my understanding of integrative nursing as a philosophy of care, and to impart that understanding to our nurse practitioner students so that they can begin to work towards change in their practices.  

Kathy Davis, MSN, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Georgia Baptists College of Nursing of Mercer University, GA

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I want to be able to introduce our students to integrative healthcare and the different treatment modalities (that may be outside the mainstream) that are available to patients.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
In addition to learning more about the different treatment modalities, I am interested in learning how to incorporate this content into our nursing curriculum

Elizabeth Diener, PhD, RN, PNP, CNE

Assistant Dean and Professor, Kramer School of Nursing, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
Recognizing the necessity of mind/body/spirit approaches to all healthcare initiatives and the broader realization that nursing should be at the forefront of integrative care delivery and practice.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
To initiate a “curriculum revolution” in our nursing program by weaving integrative healthcare knowledge and practices into all of our educational programs: traditional BSN to Advanced Practice and PhD.

Pamela S Fick

Pamela Fick, MS, RN, MBA

Clinical Instructor, University of Arizona College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
As a nurse and an educator, I have seen the shift in nursing care to a more transactional model. I am inspired by the INFF mindset to bring back practices that nurses have done for years at the bedside, both for the patients and the nurses themselves.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
How to better educate my students on integrative nursing principles not only for the patients they serve but for themselves

Deb Gorombei, RN, DNP, CFRN, LNCC

Clinical Assistant Professor and Phoenix MEPN Site Coordinator, University of Arizona College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
Over the years of being a nurse and educator, I have seen the current illness-care system evolve.  Recognizing that the mind-body-spirit connection cannot be decoupled, I believe learning about the theory and science that supports integrative nursing will help me better understand and apply principles in clinical and education practice to enable greater well-being in those I encounter.  

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to learn more about integrative nursing practice and how I can enable small changes that can result in an improved  sense of mind-body-spirit  well-being for myself, family, co-workers, students, nursing profession,  and community.


Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

What inspired you to become a 2018-2019 Fellow?
I have practiced integrative healing modalities for many years and wanted the opportunity to learn how to properly integrate them into a pre-licensure nursing curriculum. My students yearn for this type of learning, both in preparation for their careers as nurses and for their own self-care throughout the program. I am proud to be a fellow of this fine program. 

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to deepen my knowledge of self-care practices for nurses and deepen my own commitment to a self-care practice. It is one thing to teach the practices and it is another to deeply engage oneself in them in order to model self-care to students and patients. I am committed to developing proficiency in two integrative therapy modalities in order to incorporate them into the lecture and clinical components of my teaching in psychiatric nursing and gerontology. I also look forward to developing my own self-care practice that will enable me to teach students how they can thrive at nursing school, and practice what they preach. 

Christina Harlow, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

What inspired you to become a 2018-2019 Fellow?
I was inspired by two things. First, the late Dr. Barb Rouleau from UVM was in the program and I am inspired to help her goals for our nursing department materialize. Second, I am a graduate of Universtiy of Arizona and Healing Touch was the topic of my dissertation, so I am thrilled to be back and interested in pursuing other modalities.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to be able to implement a specific modality for nursing education and begin to measure the outcomes of this. 



Clinical Professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I have studied mindfulness and the impact of mindfulness practices among health care providers and nurses. I was inspired to become a 2018-2019 INFF fellow to learn about how I can integrate the theory and application of integrative nursing practice throughout all levels of our academic nursing and health-related programs – bachelors, master’s, and doctoral curriculum.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to develop a deep personal understanding of integrative modalities.  In my faculty position, I want to learn how to incorporate the principles into our curriculum at all academic degree levels; and as a nurse practitioner and director of professional practice in a community partner organization, I want to learn how to move integrative nursing forward for practicing nurses and nurse practitioners.

Sandy Kirkpatrick, MSN-Ed, RN

Senior Lecturer, University of Arizona College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow? I strive to be more prepared as a facilitator to integrate wellness and holism into nursing education and provision of care.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to learn modalities to improve wellness across the continuum of my realm, nursing education and patient outcomes.


Heidi Kosanke, MSN/Ed, RN, CCRN

Clinical Instructor, University of Arizona College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I am excited to implement more integrative care into my practice as a staff nurse and assist in the creation of policies and guidelines for integrative care through the pain committee at my hospital.  I am also looking forward to creating activities to apply the integrative nursing principles in the classroom and clinical settings when I teach.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I would like to learn about ways to improve my self-care and improve the health and well-being of my family, as well as the ways to help students use integrative care for themselves and for their patients.

Jocelyn Nelms, MS-Ned, RN

Lecturer, University of Arizona College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I want more tools to promote health and wellness in my communities.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
How to promote better connection to and balance of mind, body and spirit.

Kenny Oja, PhD, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Nursing

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I was initially inspired to become a Fellow because of my passion for therapies such as massage, essential oils, yoga and meditation. However, after attending the first intensive, I realize that these types of therapies are only a very small part of integrative nursing. I am now inspired about how integrative nursing is really about going back to the roots of nursing.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I am excited to learn more about integrative nursing and how to incorporate it into nursing education.

Humberto Reinoso, PhD, FNP-BC, ENP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor, Graduate Clinical Coordinator, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, GA

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
As a nurse, I am interested in providing the best care for my patients. I was inspired by the integrative approach to care and healing. Although I know practice guidelines and protocols that help cure disease or decrease symptoms, I am interested in learning other care modalities that improve patient and self-care.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to learn integrative care modalities that I can teach nursing students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Moreover, I would like to apply some of the self-care practices I learn in the Fellowship throughout my daily activities.

Jo Lynne Robbins, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CHTP, AHN-C

Associate Professor, Director PhD Program, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Richmond, VA

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
I have practiced in a holistic nursing framework for over 20 years and am ready to take my practice, teaching and research to the next level. Integrative health philosophy, theory and application will help me do this. The opportunity to learn from experts, many of them our "rock stars" in nursing and healthcare, is a gift that I could not pass up. 

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to learn effective processes for incorporating integrative health principles and practices across undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs at the School of Nursing as well as strengthen relationships and integrative health offerings in our cancer center. I hope to build on prior integrative health knowledge and skill by developing proficiency in integrative health strategies to expand reinvigorate my clinical practice, program of research and inspire the next generation of nurse leaders.

Alice Running, PhD, RN, APRN

Professor, Montana State University College of Nursing, Bozeman, MT

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
To be part of a group of practitioners/scholars interested in Integrative Nursing.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to be re-introduced to caring theory/integrative nursing and to explore ways of introducing this to others.

Amber Vermeesch, PhD, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CNE

Associate Professor, University of Portland School of Nursing, Portland, OR

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
To more fully treat the whole person by adding integrative health therapies and modalities to my current toolbelt as a nurse educator, nurse practitioner and nurse scientist.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
A deeper understanding of how and when to use which integrative health tools as most appropriate.

Cathrine Weaver, MSN, HN-BC, RN

Integrative CARE Coordinator, Baptist Health Lexington, Danville, KY

What inspired you to become a 2018-19 Fellow?
As the coordinator for an integrative health program at 393-bed community hospital, I am responsible for the development of staff education on use of integrative health practices with patients and for nurse self-care.  This Fellowship seemed the perfect setting in which to learn new ways of teaching holistic nursing concepts and integrative health practices.  On a more personal level, the opportunity to be with like-minded spirits was very appealing.

What do you hope to learn in the coming year?
I hope to acquire new teaching skills that can help inspire nurses to engage in a more whole-person way both with their patients and themselves.

Theresa Allison, DNP, RN, FNP-C

Clinical Assistant Professor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: Advanced Health Assessment, Introduction to Primary Care, Advanced Primary Care. I am also a clinical supervising faculty.

My Goals: I hope to gain a better understanding of the modalities of integrative nursing in order to be able to assist students to learn and implement those methods into practice.

Beverly Bias, MS, RNC

Lecturer, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: Nursing Leadership and Management in Health Systems, Transition to the Professional Nursing Role, Maternal - Newborn Clinical.

My Goals: I am eager to increase my knowledge by achieving certification in neonatal massage and touch. I want to utilize the tools gained to incorporate integrative health principles into my nursing courses as well as my personal life. 

Angela Brown, DNP, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CDE, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: Primary Care, Advanced Primary Care, Health Assessment, Issues in Gerontological Health.

My Goals: I hope to gain insight into the utilization of integrative techniques with patients to improve health outcomes and improve self-care utilizing integrative methods.  

Marlene Call, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN

Instructor, Augusta University

I Teach: Graduate and undergraduate prelicensure programs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Introduction to Research course, BSN and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Maternal Child course, simulation teaching and practicum.

My Goals: I want to learn more about caring science and how to bring it into the curriculum. I believe bringing “caring” and “compassion” into a curriculum with a strong evidence-based foundation can produce strong, competent, compassionate nurses.

Timothy Cunningham, RN, DrPH

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

I Teach: A pediatric clinical group, Epidemiology and capstone development for masters students in our Clinical Nurse Leader program.

My Goals: To encourage other faculty to incorporate brief mindfulness-based or self-care practices into the beginning of each class.

Patricia Daly, PhD, FNP-BC, ENP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: As a clinical supervising faculty, I teach suturing, incision and drainage and splinting during Resident Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) and Clinical Skills Intensive (CSI). I also guest lecture for courses that include Business Plans and Mindful Eating. 

My Goals: I hope to gain the framework and language to better explain the integrative nursing I use in my Nurse Practitioner (NP) role. I want to emphasize the importance of integrative nursing in the emergency practice.

Regina DeGennaro, DNP, CNS, RN, AOCN, CNL

Associate Professor, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Virginia

I Teach: Introduction to Resilience, Oncology and End of Life Nursing, Mindfulness Retreats in the Compassionate Care Initiative, MSN-CNL Program, Leadership Introductory Course DNP Program, DNP Seminar and Practicum.

My Goals: I hope to enhance creativity in the classroom by engaging students in contemplative practices that might be an invitation to developing sustainable self-care practices.

Shena Gazaway, PhD, MSN, RN

Assistant BSN Program Director, Augusta University

I Teach: Introduction to Nursing Practice, Transition to Nursing Practice, Population Health, Health Assessment, Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology.

My Goals: My ultimate goal is to improve the self-health and resilience of the students I touch so they can do the same for those they care for throughout their career.

S. Renee Gregg, DNP, FNP-C

Clinical Assistant Professor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: Primary Care of Adult, Advanced Primary Care, Practice Inquiry.

My Goals: I am looking forward to personal growth with the different modalities. I am looking forward to this increased understanding of the modalities which will allow increased integrative nursing within my research and courses.

Sharon Hinkley, RN, MSN-Ed

Clinical Instructor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: Levels 1-3 of the MEPN program.

My Goals: I hope to learn more about integrative therapies for self-care to be a better person, thus a better educator.

Lisa Jaurigue, PhD, RN, CNE

Clinical Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

I Teach: Community Health Nursing Theory, Population Health, Experiential Learning Lab, Professional Attributes, Geriatrics, Leadership and Management.

My Goals: I hope to achieve increased peace, mindfulness and wellness for myself. In doing this, I will be able to share this with others around me, including my nursing students and my clients. I would love to develop community health simulations that incorporate integrative nursing.

Darlene Lacroix, MS, BSN, RN, ACNP

Co-Chair Lecturer, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: BSN fourth-semester Leadership/Management with Preceptorship course.

My Goals: I hope to increase my knowledge base in integrative nursing to incorporate this with my students and with their patients. Additionally, I want to increase awareness for myself on self-care and overall well-being.


Laura Maurer, MSN-Ed, RNC-OB, FNP-C

Faculty Instructor, Arizona State University

I Teach: Maternal Child/Family, Fundamentals, Professional Leadership (clinical and online).

My Goals: I want to incorporate integrative nursing into my teaching so it becomes a seamless part of the nursing/healthcare culture. I would also like to normalize integrative principles and modalities to the mainstream healthcare system through my practice as a nurse practitioner and share this knowledge and experience with my students.

Kathryn McNeil, DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: Advanced Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing III: Focus on Child and Adolescent. I also provide clinical supervision of NP students.

My Goals: I hope to achieve an ability to improve care for myself so that I can model that behavior for my students, which in the long-run would increase resilience in the health care work force of nurse practitioners.


Rebecca Nagle, MS, PNP, IBCLC

Clinical Faculty, University of Vermont

I Teach: Pediatric Concepts and Pediatric Primary Care, Nursing Care of Infants, Children and Adolescents.

My Goals: I would like to weave integrative nursing into my classroom but also to make curriculum changes at University of Vermont School of Nursing. I plan to integrate this learning into my own practice as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. 

Angela Norton

Clinical Instructor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: I teach in the Master’s Entry Program to Nursing (MEPN). I am course chair for Level 1 and Level 2 but assist in Levels 3 and 4.

My Goals: My goals are to learn how to further introduce and incorporate integrative nursing into our current curriculum. I hope to promote self-care and wellness into our nursing students in these early stages so they can be successful lifelong practitioners. I also would like to work on my own self-care.

Linda Perez, M Admin, RNC

Clinical Instructor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: Foundations of Care, RN-MS online

My Goals: I hope to apply what I have learned about integrative nursing to help myself become more in line with mind, body and spirit. I also then hope to teach the 6 principles of integrative nursing to my students and have them also look at how they can help themselves and then apply it to patients.

Barbara Rouleau, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Clinical Instructor, University of Vermont

I Teach: Graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Health Assessment, Optimizing Health, Leadership.

My Goals: I’d like to develop a better understanding of the evidence behind integrative modalities and gain the confidence to incorporate the modalities into the Optimizing Health course.

Robyn Schlabach, DNP, MBA, RN, CNE

Clinical Instructor, UA College of Nursing

I Teach: I teach across all levels of MEPN on the Phoenix campus.

My Goals: I want to learn ideas and skills to better care for my health, be able to be a role model those for my students, and share with the students the integrative nursing practices they can incorporate into their practice.

Judith Stanley, DHSc., RN, CNE

Director of RN to BSN Completion Program, Mercyhurst University

I Teach: Professional Advancement, The Experience of Chronic Illness, Nursing in the Community, Leadership in Nursing, Research & Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing.

My Goals: I would like to receive grant funding to develop a MSN program with a focus on nursing leadership or integrative health. In addition, I hope to start up a biofeedback clinic for Resiliency Training of new and current Registered Nurses who are enrolled at Mercyhurst and/or who are employed at an area hospital. 

Morgan Stock, BSN, MDN-Ed

RN and LPN Nurse Refresher Coordinator and Instructor, Pima Community College

I Teach: RN and LPN nurse refresher courses, clinical behavioral health course for RN students.

My Goals: I'm on the board for our local Sigma Theta Tau chapter (Beta Mu), and work with many educators who are interested in integrative health care, and looking for ideas/inspiration to incorporate into their curricula. I will be sharing what I learn throughout my INFF experience with my peers at Beta Mu.

Erica Timko-Olson, RN

Instructor, University of Pennsylvania

I Teach: Situating the Practice of Nursing, Community Nursing, Leadership in Complex Systems

My Goals: I hope to expand my understanding of integrative health and learn how to incorporate my knowledge into my practice as a nurse educator and into the nursing curriculum.

Leigh Ann Tovar, MSN-Ed, MAOM

Assistant Professor, Grand Canyon University

I Teach: I teach in the pre-licensure program. I also teach Health Assessment, Nursing Foundations, Pharmacology and Therapeutic Communications. Additionally, I teach in the RN-BSN program.

My Goals: I would like to be able to create a course into our nursing curriculum titled Integrative Therapies. I also want to be able to use the techniques I am learning to help myself and others obtain a healthier lifestyle using aromatherapy and acupressure. 

Kim L. Blumenfeld
Clinical Instructor

Ruth E. Carlson
Clinical Instructor

Melissa M. Goldsmith
Clinical Associate Professor

Sharon Hom
Clinical Instructor

Michelle Kahn-John
Assistant Professor

Pamela Lusk
Clinical Associate Professor

Connie S. Miller
Clinical Assistant Professor

Megan A. Munson
Clinical Instructor

Mary F. O'Connell
Clinical Instructor

Elizabeth A. Spinks
Clinical Instructor

Deborah K. Williams
Clinical Assistant Professor