Donna Zaken, APRN, CNP: Education and Experience
My Personal Story
My journey began at age 20. The physician assistant educational program that I was in required students to practice on one another. That's how I discovered I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My thoughts immediately turned to my dad and his battle with several health issues - including these. He died in pain at the young age of 62, and I knew I didn't want to follow in his footsteps.
I wanted to reverse these conditions now, before they negatively impacted my life.
I discovered causes of high blood pressure and high cholesterol that could be reversed through dietary changes. I took action, and enjoy normal blood pressure and cholesterol to this day without medication.
But of course - the journey was just beginning... [read more]
» Licensed in Rhode Island as RN, APRN* and CNP
» Educated in both Western Medicine and Integrative/Alternative Medicine modalities
» Lyme and associated tick born disease specialist
» Member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
» Certificate in Geriatric Medicine - Jewish Institute of Geriatric Care, New York
» Member of American Holistic Nursing Association
» Diplomat of Pastoral Science
» Diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases including IBS, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, fatigue, headaches
» Diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and Chronic Lyme disease, serving Rhode Island - Massachusetts - Connecticut - New England
» Certificate of training in Holistic Nutrition
» Certificate of training in Functional Medicine
» Certificate of training from Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology
» Certified in Autonomic Response Testing
» Lyme and associated tick-born disease specialist
» Neural Therapy
» NET Mind Body Neuro-Emotional Technique
I share the philosophy of the American Holistic Medical Association:
"Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat disease, and most importantly, to promote optimal health. Holistic health is defined as the unlimited and unimpeded free flow of life force energy through body, mind, and spirit.
Holistic medicine encompasses all safe and appropriate modalities of diagnosis and treatment. It includes analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle elements. Holistic medicine focuses upon patient education and participation in the healing process. Optimal health is much more than the absence of sickness. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest qualities of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of the human experience."
* "Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have been providing primary, acute and specialty healthcare to patients of all ages and walks of life for nearly half a century. NPs assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, and initiate and manage treatment plans — including prescribing medications. They are the healthcare providers of choice for millions of patients. An NP is truly Your Partner in Health." (from AANP)
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