Donna Zaken, APRN, CNP: Education and Experience
» Licensed in Rhode Island as RN, APRN* and CNP
» Educated in both Western Medicine and Integrative/Eastern Medicine modalities
» Lyme 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
» Diagnosing and treating chronic diseases for over 20 years
» Studied the science of Ayurvedic Medicine
» 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 - Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology
» Lyme disease specialist
» Neural Therapy
» NET Mind Body Neuro-Emotional Technique
My Personal Story
My interest in Integrative Medicine began when I was 21 years old. It was my second year of physician assistant school, and the students were practicing on each other. I discovered that I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I thought about my dad, who had died at age 62. He had heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. I thought about all of the medications he was on, and how he suffered, and decided I was not going to wind up like he did. I gave up coffee and salt, and started eating less animal fats. I have never taken prescription medication for these conditions. My blood pressure and cholesterol returned to normal and have remained that way.
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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