Dr. Nina La, DC, LAc is an adjunct professor with Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences and teaches courses such as Vitamins, Herbs, and Nutritional Supplements in the Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness program. She graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude from the Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. La also holds a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a board-certified chiropractic physician and a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.
A lover of knowledge, Dr. La has taught college-level anatomy and physiology courses, and has co-authored two peer-reviewed articles on the efficacy of herbal medicine. She currently has two private practices in California, and is in the process of becoming an allied staff member for Tri-City Regional Hospital
Paz Etcheverry, Ph.D.
Paz Etcheverry is an adjunct professor at Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences. Paz received her Bachelor of Science in Food Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and her Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She then pursued a PhD in Food Technology with minors in nutrition and biochemistry at Cornell University. Currently, she is a research instructor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and a member of the American Society for Nutrition.
Anita Gust is an adjunct faculty member at the Kaplan University School of Health Sciences . She holds a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of North Dakota and is currently working on her doctorate in human development, with a specialization in wellness, at North Dakota State University.
Ms. Gust has an extensive teaching background in the areas of health, fitness, and sports medicine. In her current role, she enjoys interacting with her Kaplan University students from across the country and watching them grow. She loves to share her passion for learning with her students.
Earon Davis, JD, MPH, LCMT
Earon Davis is an adjunct professor with Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences. He teaches Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program. Mr. Davis is also pioneering “Didgeridoo for Health” classes in the Chicago area. In addition to having a background in environmental health law, public health, and writing, Earon is currently an integrative bodyworker and licensed massage therapist at a major hospital system in the Chicago suburbs.
Mary Oleksowicz, LAc
Mary Oleksowicz, Lac, is an adjunct professor with Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences. She has been practicing herbal healing methods since 1994. She graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and obtained her Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2004. She has practiced Chinese Medicine at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, NY, as well as in private practice. A well-known local speaker, Ms. Oleksowicz has taught classes on various aspects of anatomy, acupuncture, herbs, and living in harmony. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her two children.
Kristin Henningsen, MS, CH, RYT
Kristin Henningsen is an adjunct professor with Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences and teaches courses such as Vitamins, Herbs, and Nutritional Supplements and Contemporary Diet and Nutrition. Ms. Henningsen has deep roots in the fields of ethnobotany and herbal medicine. After receiving both her Bachelor of Science in Botany and Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, Ms. Henningsen went on to complete her Master of Science in Biology at Northern Arizona University where she studied the medicinal plants of the area, focusing on their traditional uses by the 13 Native American tribes in the region. She has also worked as a research assistant with the nonprofit organization the Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Association, completing a field guide to the native plants of Arizona amongst other projects.
Ms. Henningsen has extended this work into the field of complementary and alternative medicine. She is a certified and practicing consulting herbalist, and is the proprietor of an herbal health and healing company. She has been researching, using, and teaching about medicinal plants for more than 10 years. Ms. Henningsen is also a certified yoga instructor and utilizes yoga therapy as an alternative healing technique.
Mark Maule, MS, SPN, CFT, YFT
Mark Maule is a professor with Kaplan University's School of Health Sciences where he teaches Creating Wellness: Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of Healing. Mr. Maule received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his Master of Science in Psychology/Sport Psychology at Capella University. He has spent many years working in treatment centers, both residential and day, and as a fitness/wellness director for children ages 6 to 17.
Mr. Maule is a Specialist in Performance Nutrition (SPN), a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT), and a certified Youth Fitness Trainer (YFT). In addition to teaching, he is writing a children's book and working on opening a wood burning business with his wife.
William Swisher Jr., M.S.
Billy Swisher is a professor with Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences where he teaches Scientific Foundations of Exercise and Fitness. Professor Swisher received his Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Administration from Western Illinois University in 1989. He completed his Master of Science in Physical Education at Western Illinois University in 1993. He is a former YMCA Program Director and Health and Wellness Trainer/Faculty Member for the YMCA of the USA. He lives with his wife and two children in Naperville, IL.
Ruthy Watson, PhD, MSPH
Ruthy Watson is an adjunct professor with Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Chatham University and both her Master of Science in Public Health, and her Doctorate in Public Health and Community Health Promotion from Walden University. In addition, Dr. Watson is president and founder of Ruthy Watson’s Innovative Wellness Consulting, Inc., a health and wellness promotion organization that specializes in community programs and activities to encourage healthy living and disease prevention in South Florida. Dr. Watson has taught in traditional classroom settings and online courses in wellness education with Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Nicole Hatcher, DHS(c), MPAS, PA-C
Dr. Nicole Hatcher is an adjunct professor at Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences and teaches the course Models of Health and Wellness. In addition, she works full-time as a physician assistant in cardiology in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Hatcher received a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Howard University and a Master of Advanced Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health & Science University. She holds a Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RD, CSSD, CPT
Jennifer Koslo is a full time professor with Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences and teaches courses such as Vitamins, Herbs, and Nutritional Supplements, Sports Nutrition, and Contemporary Diet and Nutrition. Ms. Koslo is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and one of the few Certified Specialists in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) in the country. In addition to teaching online, Ms. Koslo is a sports nutrition consultant on a private consultation basis.
Ms. Koslo received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Juniata College, and earned a dual Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Exercise Science from Colorado State University. She earned her Registered Dietitian certification from the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and Colorado State University, and is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics certification from the ADA. She also holds a PhD in Education with an emphasis in instructional design for online learning from Capella University.
In addition to serving in the US Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, for 2-1/2 years, Ms. Koslo also worked as a cardiac rehabilitation dietitian, and at the Arizona Department of Health Services as the chronic disease nutritionist. She is also an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer.
Nancy Silva, ND
Dr. Nancy Silva is a licensed naturopathic physician in California. She has more than 20 years of health care experience in diverse areas such as emergency medicine, primary care, and naturopathic medicine. She holds a Baccalaureate in Biology from the University of California and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University.
Jeanette Andrade, MS, RD, CDE joined Kaplan University in the spring of 2008 as a faculty member and has taught several courses in the Nutrition Science Department. Prior to coming to Kaplan University, she was a clinical dietitian and worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In August 2010, she began her PhD in human resource education specializing in learning technologies.
Ms. Andrade holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in dietetics with an emphasis on nutrition education from Eastern Illinois University. She is a registered/licensed dietitian and is certified in diabetes education.
Beth Hart, M.P.H.
Beth Hart is an adjunct professor with Kaplan University’s School of Health Sciences. Beth has a background in health education and has taught at five different colleges. She has also worked as a health educator in a variety of health care settings including a hospital and two health insurance companies. Beth currently teaches Stress Management at Kaplan University and also a health and w ellness course through University of Phoenix.
Dr. Hector R. Morales-Negron
Dr. Morales-Negron is an adjunct professor in the School of Health Sciences at Kaplan University, where he teaches Scientific Foundations of Fitness and Wellness and Critical Issues in Stress Management and Prevention. He completed his undergraduate in education with a major in kinesiology at the University of Puerto Rico in 1990. In 1997, he attended the University of Georgia and obtained his Masters of Education in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with a PhD in Educational Psychology, majoring in exercise and sport psychology.
Throughout his career, Dr. Morales-Negron has obtained several fitness certifications, including American Counsel for Exercise (ACE) group fitness instructor, ACSM fitness leader, CPR Lifeguard and First Aid, U.S. Army Master Fitness Trainer, and U.S. Army certified combatives instructor.
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