Dr. Jennings DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-BC is the owner, CEO, and Medical Director of Cardea Health Integrative (CHI) in East Aurora NY, an integrative medicine practice specializing in infusion therapy, colon hydrotherapy, educational enrichment and other integrative therapies. Its campus boasts 82 acres of hiking trails; a 3-acre pond and a nature infused healing space.
Her clinical experience includes several years of level one trauma, neurosurgical critical care, emergency medicine, primary care, addictions and cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to her clinical experience, she spent 14 years in Academia, most recently as an Assistant Professor within the Graduate Department of Nursing at Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, DC. At Georgetown, she has acted as a course coordinator and was appointed chair of the Evaluation Committee.
In addition, she has corporate healthcare experience, acting as a Corporate Manager of Clinical Education as part of the Nurse Executive team, servicing 5 hospital sites and overseeing all aspects of clinical education for the Health system with >10,000 employees.
Dr. Jennings has been appointed as “Expert Witness” in several malpractice legal cases and acted as editor for several clinical publications, and has also been appointed to various nonprofit board positions, currently as President for Buffalo Wellness Center. She routinely volunteers her time providing care to the under-served population as well as various health and wellness initiatives.
She has been appointed a podium speaker at national conferences; has peer-reviewed publications in journals and was awarded a U.S. Patent andTrademark Office patent which was independently presented at the UNC Trauma Conference 2012.
Dr. Jennings was accepted to the prestigious and selective “Leadership in Integrative Medicine” educational fellowship at Duke University and is also pursuing additional fellowships with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
She certified as an Outdoor Emergency Clinician (OEC) as part of the National Ski Patrol, and has also completed 200 hours of Yoga teacher training at the “East Meets West” yoga studio, voted Buffalo’s finest studio.
She loves to garden, primarily perennial and vegetables, experimenting with medicinal and herbaceous plantings, feels at home in nature, especially kayaking, snow shoeing, skiing, hiking, biking and outdoor yoga. Embracing “living off the land” she has chickens, apiaries, and fruit orchards that keep her busy and grounded.