Advisory Board


The Wellness Network takes great pride in delivering engaging, accurate content to motivate patients, families and caregivers to take action. To ensure our content is up-to-date, clinically accurate and applicable to our healthcare facility subscribers, we engage an Advisory Board of experts.

Cardiovascular and Stroke Programming

Heather Alger, PhD
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Gerald Fletcher, MD
Preventive Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Chelsea S Kidwell, MD
Professor of Neurology and Medical Imaging, Vice Chair of Research, Dept. of Neurology University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

Anne Leonard, MPH RN CCRC FAHA
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Susan Magorno, BSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Nursing Quality, Research & Education, UC Irvine Health, Irvine, CA

Michael Mitakidis, MD
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Cheryl Perkins, MD, Rph
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Professor, College of Nursing and Dept. of Neurology at William Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research at the University of Arizona, Faculty Stroke Coordinator, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ

Amber Rodriguez, PhD
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Katherine Sheehan, PhD
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Melanie Turner, MPH
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Diabetes Education Specialist

Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
Sr. Director for Community Health Improvement, Population Health Improvement Partners in Asheville, NC

Disease-Management and Wellness Programming

Robin Miller, MD, MHS
Medical Director, Triune Integrative Medicine, Medford, OR

William Schaffner, MD
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN

Hospital Systems, Patient Education and Utilization Advisors

Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN
Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, President, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), San Antonio, TX

Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, CNM, FAAN, FACNM
Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing and Dean Emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN

William R. Hendee, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Biophysics, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Population Health, Medical College of Wisconsin; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University; Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Adjunct Professor of Radiology, University of New Mexico, University of Colorado, Mayo Clinic (Rochester MN)

Newborn and Pediatric Care Programming 

Tanya Remer-Altmann, MD, FAAP
Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Pediatrician at Calabasas Pediatrics in Calabasa, CA

NICU Baby and Family-Focused Programming

Sue L. Hall, MD
Neonatologist, St John’s Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, CA

Orthopedics and Pain Management

Winifred Bragg, MD
Medical Director of the Spine and Orthopedic Pain Center, Norfolk, VA

Prenatal Care and Breastfeeding Programming

Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC, Board Certified OB/GYN, Portland, OR
BUNDOO OB/GYN

Susan Spencer, MSN, RNC, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)
Director of Women’s Services, Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS

Regulatory & Compliance Advisor

Wayne L. Pines, Ethics Legal Regulatory Review Board
President, Regulatory Services and Healthcare, APCO Worldwide; consultant

Respiratory Disease

Becky Anderson, RRT
Registered Respiratory Therapist, Manager of the Disease Management and Respiratory Care Services at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND

Becky Anderson, RRT
Registered Respiratory Therapist, Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND

Becky Anderson is a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) with 36 years of experience in providing care for people with chronic respiratory disease and acute respiratory compromise. She is currently the manager of the Disease Management section of Respiratory Care Services at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND. In 2008, Becky became Sanford’s first Respiratory Therapy Clinical Specialist and was tasked with fostering an interdisciplinary team that cooperatively improved overall performance outcomes, such as cost of care, readmissions, and adherence to evidence-based care, for COPD diagnosis related groups (DRGs). She is Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee for Respiratory Therapists and Disease Management for the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Chairperson of the Local Leadership Board for the American Lung Association in North Dakota, and serves on COPD Foundation’s PRAXIS Advisory Committee. In addition, Becky serves by gubernatorial appointment on the North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee.

Ms. Anderson is an advisor for respiratory disease and management programming on The Wellness Network channels.

Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN
Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, President, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Dr. Breslin received her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her Ph.D.from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

Dr. Breslin rose through the ranks at Northern Arizona University becoming a full-tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing before moving to the University of Massachusetts – Amherst to serve as Dean of the School of Nursing and also hold the position of Interim Dean for the School of Public Health & Health Sciences.  Dr. Breslin is the current President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Dr. Breslin is a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing in the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She was appointed by DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson to serve on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Education and Practice. She served on the Boards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.

Dr. Breslin is an advisor for The Wellness Network

Winifred Bragg, MD
Medical Director of the Spine and Orthopedic Pain Center, Norfolk, VA

Dr. Bragg is an expert in providing nonsurgical treatment for injuries and pain resulting from spinal and orthopedic conditions. A nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Bragg has appeared in numerous TV and print media programs and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. She has been quoted as an expert in Redbook (“The New Way to Beat Back Pain,”); Women’s World (“Get Rid of Backache for Good,”); Weight Watcher’s Magazine (“Back on Track,”); Newark Sunday Star-Ledger (“To Your Health: Oh, Her Aching Back,” ); and Self Magazine (“A Pain in the Back,” ). She is board certified both in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine.

She is the author of the book, “KnockoutPain®: Secrets to Maintain a Healthy Back. “ This book was written to educate patients, nurses, primary care physicians and rehabilitation therapists about the symptoms and causes of low back pain. This helpful illustrative guide explains the basics of how to care for your back.

Dr. Bragg received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, her medical degree from Meharry Medical College, and completed an internship at the Baptist Medical Centers in Birmingham. She completed her residency training at the University of Michigan. Additionally, she completed an internship in the Office of the United States Surgeon General.

She serves on the Adjunct Faculty at Old Dominion University, College of Community Health Sciences, School of Community Health Professions and Physical Therapy. She is a member row of the North American Spine Society, International Spinal Injection Society, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Bragg is an advisor for programming related to orthopedics, spine care, arthritis and pain management.

Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, CNM, FAAN, FACNM
Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing and Dean Emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch has been active in nursing practice and nursing education for over four decades. Dr. Conway-Welch is a graduate of Georgetown University, Catholic University of America, and New York University.

She has served on President Reagan’s Commission on the HIV Epidemic in 1988, the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare in 1998, and is a member row of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. In 2002, she was appointed by DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson to the Secretary’s Council on Public Health Preparedness, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness, and in 2006, was named by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member row of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; the premier graduate education program for military health care providers. She was appointed by Secretary Leavitt of DHHS to the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health 2007.

Dr. Conway-Welch is an advisor for The Wellness Network.

Gerald Fletcher, MD
Preventive Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Fletcher is the recent Chair for the Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association. He received the National Distinguished Achievement Award from American Heart Association and Award of Clinical Excellence from American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.Most recently, Dr. Fletcher and his colleagues have been involved in gene research to determine how known gene types that correlate with coronary artery disease respond to an acute exercise stress with a treadmill test. The genes are evaluated with a simple venous blood sample. Soon, they will begin a trial to evaluate the effects of regular exercise in preventing/delaying certain types of dementia.

A graduate of Emory University, Dr. Fletcher is a stalwart advocate for patient engagement in their care – focusing on importance of healthy lifestyle for prevention and reduction of readmissions.

Dr. Fletcher is an advisor for the HeartCare Channel.

Sue L. Hall, MD
Neonatologist, St John’s Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, CA

Dr. Hall earned undergraduate majors in both Psychology and Human Biology at Stanford University, an MSW from Boston University, and an MD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed all of her pediatric training at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Starting her career as a neonatologist in Los Angeles, Dr. Hall ultimately rose to become an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. After spending a number of years as a Medical Director of a large regional NICU in Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Hall is now back practicing neonatology in Southern California.

While in Kansas, Dr. Hall served as the inaugural Chairperson of the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and was also active as a member row of the Board of Directors of the Kansas March of Dimes. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Perinatal Association, where she is Co-Chairperson of a national project to develop and publish “Multidisciplinary Program Standards for Psychosocial Support of Parents of Infants Admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.” She has co-authored numerous scientific articles, served as a reviewer for several journals, and lectured extensively on topics in newborn medicine, patient safety, and emotional support of NICU parents. Dr. Hall is also the author of “For the Love of Babies,” a book of stories about the NICU journeys of sixteen babies and their families, published in 2011.

Dr. Hall is the Chief Medical Advisor for Your NICU Baby.

William R. Hendee, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Biophysics, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Population Health, Medical College of Wisconsin; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University; Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Adjunct Professor of Radiology, University of New Mexico, University of Colorado,Mayo Clinic (Rochester MN)

Dr. Hendee received a BS degree from Millsaps College and a PhD in physics from the University of Texas. He served as Assistant and Associate Professor and Chairman of Physics and Astronomy at Millsaps College, before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center serving as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology.

Dr. Hendee then joined the staff of the American Medical Association as Vice President for Science and Technology holding appointments as Adjunct Professor of Radiology at Northwestern University School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Radiology and Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin as Senior Associate Dean and Vice President with faculty appointments as professor and vice chair of radiology with professorships in biophysics, radiation oncology and bioethics, and also holding a professorship in bioengineering at Marquette University. He later assumed additional responsibilities as Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin and subsequently served as Acting Executive Vice President and Dean of the Medical College, and Professor and Chair of Radiology, University of Colorado.

Dr. Hendee is an advisor for The Wellness Network.

Chelsea S Kidwell, MD
Professor of Neurology and Medical Imaging, Vice Chair of Research, Dept. of Neurology University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Chelsea S. Kidwell, MD, is a neurologist who specializes in prevention and treatment of stroke. She has special interests in ethnic and racial disparities among stroke patients. She has maintained funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1999. Prior to joining the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in 2013 as professor of Neurology and Medical Imaging and vice chair of research in the Department of Neurology, Dr. Kidwell was a faculty member row since 2005 at Georgetown University, where she continues to serve as an adjunct professor. She also was on the faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1996-2008. Dr. Kidwell is active in the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, National Stroke Association, American Society of Neuroimaging and American Neurological Association.

Dr. Kidwell is an advisor for the HeartCare Channel.

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Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC, Board Certified OB/GYN
BUNDOO OB/GYN

Dr. Lincoln is a board-certified generalist OB/GYN, Lactation Consultant and attending physician in Portland, Oregon. She primarily works on labor and delivery.

Dr Lincoln received her undergraduate degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the nation’s honor medical society. She completed her residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Susan Magorno, BSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Nursing Quality, Research & Education, UC Irvine Health, Irvine, CA

Susan Magorno began her nursing career in 1996 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. After five years in an intensive care unit (ICU) and 10 years working as a traveling nurse around the country, she came to UC Irvine Medical Center.

Margorno became a full-time staff nurse in the Burn ICU before transferring to the cardiac catheterization lab. She is a recent addition to the nursing education department and is looking forward to playing a key role in the improvement of patient outcomes and satisfaction by providing resources and guidance to the nurses that serve our patients.

Susan Magorno is an advisor for the HeartCare Channel.

Robin Miller, MD, MHS
Medical Director, Triune Integrative Medicine, Medford, Oregon

Dr. Miller is a board certified internist and practicing physician at Triune Integrative Medicine, a highly innovative integrative medicine clinic in Medford, Oregon. The author of several books – including “Kids Ask the Doctor, Confessions of the Soul Straight from the Heart,” and “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife and Beyond” (coauthor) – Dr. Miller is also a medical reporter for NBC affiliate KOBI-5.

Dr. Miller completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and received her MD from the University of Illinois. She also holds the degree of Master of Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her postgraduate training includes an Internal Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins and an Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Miller has been on the faculty of both the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Oregon. She has published a number of articles in medical journals, many focused on her research about heart disease in women, and has been a national speaker for the well-known organization, Speaking of Women’s Health.

Dr. Miller is an Advisor for the Patient Channel.

Wayne L. Pines, Ethics Legal Regulatory Review Board
President, Regulatory Services and Healthcare, APCO Worldwide; consultant

Wayne Pines was the Associate Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration, and now specializes as an international health care consultant on FDA regulatory, medical advertising and media issues.

He is the President of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and Chairman of the Board of the MedStar Research Institute, and he has authored or edited a dozen books about FDA and healthcare crisis management.

Mr Pines is The Wellness Network Regulatory & Compliance Officer.

Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP
Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Pediatrician at Calabasas Pediatrics in Calabasa, CA

Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann is a UCLA-trained pediatrician, mom and author of the best-selling parenting book, ‘Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents’ Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddlers.’ As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, she communicates complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts for numerous news programs and talk shows including NBC’s Today show.

She has served on the board of the National Association of Medical Communicators and is currently on the executive board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Communications and Media.

Dr. Altmann is the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel.

Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
Sr. Director for Community Health Improvement, Population Health
Improvement Partners

Dr. Rinker is a dietician and a certified diabetes educator with a master’s degree in Human Nutrition from West Virginia University. She has over 15 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian and over 14 years of experience as a certified diabetes educator. In 2013, Joanne was named the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 2013 Diabetes Educator of the Year and has served on the association’s board and as its spokesperson.

Dr. Rinker is currently serving on the AADE Board for Directors 2015-2017.

Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Professor, College of Nursing and Dept. of Neurology at William Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research at the University of Arizona, Faculty Stroke Coordinator, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ.

Dr. Ritter, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, is part of a multidisciplinary research team investigating ways to decrease inflammatory damage after stroke. In addition to hear research efforts, Dr. Ritter serves as the faculty coordinator of the Primary Stroke Center at the University of Arizona Medical Center.

Dr. Ritter founded and continues to facilitate stroke survivor and caregiver support groups in Tucson and Green Valley, Ariz. She also is an active participant in state legislative initiatives that aim to ensure the highest standard of stroke care for the citizens of Arizona.

Dr. Ritter is an advisor for the HeartCare Channel.

William Schaffner, MD
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Schaffner’s primary interests are infectious diseases and their prevention. His work has encompassed many aspects of infectious diseases including epidemiology, infection control and immunizations. Dr. Schaffner is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions.

Dr. Schaffner is a consultant in public health policy and communicable disease control for many nations and local institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Tennessee Department of Health, and the American College of Physicians. He is a Past-President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and served as Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University for 31 years. Dr. Schaffner has authored or co-authored more than 400 published studies, reviews and book chapters on infectious diseases. He serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals including The Journal of Infectious Diseases and Vaccine.

Dr. Schaffner received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He was also a Fullbright Scholar (Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany) and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Schaffner is an advisor for The Wellness Network.

Susan Spencer, MSN, RNC, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)
Director of Women’s Services, Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Columbus MS.

Susan Spencer directs all of the hospital nursing and related patient care activities for Women’s Services including obstetrical inpatient, gynecological, labor and delivery, post partum and nursery.   Spencer received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. She previously served as Perinatal Educator at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler, Texas.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition and is a member row of the Prairie Council for Mississippi Hospital Association and Mississippi Perinatal Consortium.

Ms. Spencer is an advisor for the Newborn Channel.