Welcome to the new NPWH Board Members! These four champions of women’s health officially joined the Board on January 1, 2019, and look forward to serving you over the upcoming years.
Rachel Gorham, MSN, WHNP-BC, AGN-BC
Ms. Gorham is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with 6 years of clinical experience. She is double board certified and hold national certifications as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and in Advanced Genetics Nursing. Her expertise is in breast cancer risk assessment, hereditary cancer syndromes, cancer genetics, managing and developing high risk breast centers, and cancer prevention. She has provided her expertise on two national position statements for NPWH which include Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment and Care of Men with Breast Cancer: The Role of WHNPs Specializing in Breast Care. Rachel is a National Key Note Speaker for Merck and Myriad Genetics. Rachel also has a passion for improving the lives of homeless women in her community. She is the founder of a non-profit organization for homeless women in Washington State called The Healing Hands Project. Rachel’s philosophy on care: “The human spirit is composed of strength and resilience. I strive to focus on prevention and wellness. I truly believe that if you listen to your patients, they will always tell you their diagnosis. Women deserve to feel empowered in their healthcare decisions.”
Heidi Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC
Dr. Fantasia is an associate professor in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, Solomont School of Nursing at University of Massachusetts Lowell and a board certified women’s health nurse practitioner. Her clinical practice has primarily been in public health providing sexual and reproductive health to underserved women and men. Her research interests include the intersection of violence and the reproductive health of women, including violence screening, women’s experiences of violence, and issues surrounding sexual consent and coercion. Dr. Fantasia is on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing and the author of over 60 publications, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, books, and book chapters that focus on women’s health throughout the lifespan. Dr. Fantasia received a BSN from Salem State College and MS and PhD from Boston College. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston College prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts.
Shawana S. Moore, DNP, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC
Dr. Moore earned a Bachelors’ of Science degree with a concentration in Biology from Wilberforce University. She earned a second Bachelors’ of Science in Nursing (BSN), Masters’ of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialty in women’s health, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees from Thomas Jefferson University. She is an alum of the National League of Nursing LEAD Institute and Jefferson Leadership Academy. Dr. Moore is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Women’s Health- Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Program at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Nursing. As the Director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program, Dr. Moore is responsible for educating the next generation of women’s health nurse practitioners entering into clinical practice. Additionally, she has a passion for providing women’s and reproductive health care to underserved populations. She actively maintains clinical practice by serving as a women’s health nurse practitioner at health care organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Some of her research interests include women’s health, transgender care, adolescent empowerment, preconception counseling, contraception, maternal obesity and telehealth in the women’s health care setting. She presents on these topics locally and nationally.
Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, APN
Dr. Tenfelde is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program at Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. She is a certified yoga instructor with a focus on pelvic floor health. As a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, she is interested in health promoting activities that allow individuals to be actively engaged in maintaining their own health and direct participation of the management of symptoms. The goal of Dr. Tenfelde’s program of research is to explore and test interventions to reduce symptom burden for women with pelvic floor disorders. She studies yoga as a mind/body therapy to help reduce symptoms of urinary incontinence and improve Quality of Life and how post-partum physical changes impact sexual function. Dr. Tenfelde completed the Sexual Health Counseling program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2015. She has worked clinically in a sexual health clinic and currently works in a Federally Qualified Health Center as a Women’s Health NP. In 2014, she received the New Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society to fund her research.
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