Executive Advisory Board

Susan Bohnenkamp, RN, MS, ACNS-BC, CCM

I have more than three decades of experience in medical-surgical, acute care oncology and advanced practice nursing. Being a clinical nurse specialist has allowed me to collaborate with quality management and program coordination while exploring research on palliative care, moral distress and surgical oncology topics. I am an expert clinician, consultant, educator and researcher who works within an interprofessional team. My teaching style is about caring, nurturing and developing the minds and talents of nursing students. I view the teacher-student relationship as one of collaboration and learning from one other. Providing high quality patient- and family-centered care is what drives my nursing practice and education programs.


Cheryl L. Lacasse, MS, RN, OCN, PhD Candidate


I am a clinical nurse specialist engaged in cancer survivorship research and education of students and professional nurses. My clinical practice philosophy includes an integrative approach to achieving patient-centered outcomes and quality of life. As an educator, I have incorporated the principles of integrative nursing into specific course content and model the application of these principles for students. As a leader in nursing education, I use a program-wide strategy to facilitate the incorporation of an integrative approach to leadership and health-care environments. My experience in nursing practice, education and research has led me to focus on mentoring students, faculty and other professionals in the application of integrative health principles across health-care populations and delivery settings.

Wanda J. Larson, PhD, M.Ed, RN, CEN, CPEN

I have more than 40 years of experience applying principles of integrative care in emergency nursing, aeromedical and wilderness settings. In particular, I have used an integrative approach to explore how beliefs, relaxation responses, and neuro linguistic programming strategies support healing, modulate stress responses and promote wellness. I am also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing.


Cathleen Michaels, PhD, RN, FAAN


I previously served as co-director of the Tucson Holistic Healing Initiative for Nurses, a learning network established to introduce integrative therapies into nurses’ self-care, and principal investigator for research projects that investigated people’s perspectives about health, in particular their explanatory models for what causes and relieves chronic symptoms. I am passionate about the role words play in health — how words are used to talk about one’s health or symptoms, and how words can be used to understand a patient’s mental model of illness to garner support for a treatment plan and to broaden a patient’s health literacy, especially about chronic illness and its treatment, including integrative therapies.

Margaret Avery Moon

In 1982, I co-founded the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, a dually-accredited, state-licensed secondary school specializing in massage therapy and shiatsu. I was a founding member and chairperson of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, which was instrumental in nationwide board certification and state licensure for massage therapists. I participated in the formation of the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), and volunteered on many committees throughout the years to bring respect to and understanding of the benefits of alternative and complementary therapies. I sold my school in 2005 and became an associate broker with Long Realty, where I am able to utilize the models I learned in the healing arts to provide a calming atmosphere to assist my clients through their real estate experience.

Sarah Netherton, RN, DNP Candidate

I am a recent graduate of the Master's Entry to the Profession of Nursing program and a current student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program (family practice specialty) at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. I am also the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Council at the UA. I have experience with numerous integrative therapies, including homeopathy, nutrition, massage therapy, yoga, chiropractic care and naturopathy. Since entering the field of nursing, my interests have expanded to include aromatherapy, healing touch, meditation, EMDR, Qi Gong, CranioSacral therapy and verbal first aid. I am particularly interested in trauma healing. I intend to practice as an integrative primary care provider in Tucson after completing the DNP program. 



Leah Stauber, PhD

I am a clinical assistant professor teaching in the integrative health substantive area for PhD and DNP students. I am by training an applied medical anthropologist with a research background in adolescent populations and current specialization in the application of holistic, qualitative research methodologies to studies of health and health care. Current foci include the convergence of insights from ecological anthropology and complex systems science for the development of high-quality, integrative health research and graduate-level curriculum. I’m a long-time teacher of yogic and Buddhist mind-body practices, including postures, breathwork, meditation, self-inquiry and critical contemplation of self in society. I’ve also been trained in yoga for trauma and have extensively explored healing modalities including Ayurveda, TCM, nutrition & nutritional supplementation, herbal remedies and massage. Additional current integrative health interests include how access to culturally sustaining foods and food practices impact individual and community health outcomes in low-income and otherwise marginalized communities.

Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, FAHA

I am an associate professor in the University of Arizona College of Nursing. The goal of my research is to increase physical activity among older adults with cardiovascular disease through the implementation of innovative interventions such as Tai Chi to improve physical functioning, reduce fall rates and improve quality of life. I received my BSN from California State University Fresno, MN from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and PhD from the University of California San Francisco. I completed a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention at Stanford University. I have received funding as a principal investigator from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Hospital Authority of Hong Kong, National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study integrative health interventions including Tai Chi and music. In addition, I incorporate many integrative health modalities (e.g. acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, Tai Chi and yoga) into my everyday activities. I developed and chair the first-ever doctoral level course “Topics in Integrative Health Research” in the College of Nursing.


Elizabeth Woodrich, BSN, RN

I have been a nurse for 24 years and a massage therapist for 21. During that time, I taught the hospital-based massage practicum at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, developed, implemented and ran the massage program on St. Mary’s inpatient rehabilitation unit for six years, and was a member of the Pima Community College Massage Therapy Advisory Board. In addition, I was blessed to be part of the THIN (Tucson Healing Initiative for Nurses) project. I have written and received Quality of Life grants from the Christopher Reeve Foundation supporting the massage therapy program on a rehabilitation unit.





My focus on integrative healing began while I studied massage therapy at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts in Tucson, AZ. After becoming certified and licensed in 1997, I continued my journey by studying Thai massage at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and also studying sports massage, lymphatic drainage, hypnosis and Reiki. I had the privilege and opportunity to receive funding from Canyon Ranch and conduct two experimental studies using massage as an intervention for surgical patients. Both studies were published in peer-reviewed journals, and I disseminated the research and use of integrative modalities locally and at the Sigma Theta Tau International annual conference. It has been an honorable and rewarding journey of self-discovery to achieve the knowledge and skill to provide healing through modalities which have been used for centuries.