Meet the Consultants

The grant consultants are an interdisciplinary team who provide diverse clinical learning experiences for students, clinic staff, as well as preceptors through the Preceptor Resource Network.

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Dr. Dianne Conrad

Dr. Dianne Conrad is a Family Nurse Practitioner and is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and a certified diabetes educator. Dr. Conrad is serving as a rural health consultant for the ANEW grant, drawing her expertise gained in practice for over 20 years in rural northern Michigan.  She is also an Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing, teaching in their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the nurse practitioner track. She is a recognized and published authority in the Doctor of Nursing Practice education and practice,e as well as the use of nursing and informatics in the primary care patient-centered medical home. Dr. Conrad was elected to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow in 2014. Dr. Conrad has an extensive nursing practice focus including DNP practice scholarship, diabetic management, informatics, spinal cord injury prevention as well as parish nursing. In addition to receiving a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Madonna University, she received a post-master certificate for her nurse practitioner study at Michigan State University. She has master's and bachelor's nursing degrees from Northern Illinois University and a diploma in nursing from St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL.

Dr. Carolyn King

Dr. Carolyn King

Carolyn King, MD is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor at MSU’s School of Human Medicine, passionately educating about the interface between physical and mental health. Dr. King has consulted in the U.S and abroad, producing online resources used by military, hospitals, and academic institutions globally, published on "Cultural Sensitivity Training", featured in local media including "Living Better with Dr. King" and quoted in the New York Times regarding the diagnostic challenges in Child Psychiatry. She is co-founder of Reach Out To Youth, Inc., a non-profit pipeline program for children into STEAM and medical careers.

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Shannon Lijewski

Shannon is a Michigan native who loves spending time with her family outdoors in Northern Michigan. She has spent the past 15 years serving the most vulnerable community members through outreach, education, health policy and advocacy. Passionate about community impact, Shannon is a strong advocate in supporting the expansion of Community Health Workers, assisting those who are experiencing homelessness and helping to eliminate food insecurity. She is the CEO at Everyday Life Consulting & Founder of The Rural Community Health Worker Network. EDL is a consulting firm that focuses on building individual, organization and community capacity to address social determinants of health through clinical-community linkages and CHW sustainability. Shannon is the telehealth consultant and content creator for the ANEW grant. She is passionate about creating content that is compelling and pertinent to targeted audiences. She works with the other grant consultants to transform evidence-based clinical information into interesting and digestible content for our preceptors.

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Dr. Ryan Holley-Mallo

Dr. Ryan Holley-Mallo is double board-certified in both family and emergency practice.  He has over a decade of experience in practice caring for patients in both family and emergency care environments in rural health settings.  In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Mallo has completed a Ph.D. in Health Education Leadership and his research interest lies in Men’s Health Promotion and the Psychology of Masculinity. His research and curriculum design in Men’s Health has been implemented in six different universities throughout the US. He has written on men’s health topics in both textbooks and journals. As a leading expert in men's health, he has also been interviewed on two different radio shows. Dr. Mallo speaks nationally on men’s health and LGBTQIA health promotion.  Dr. Mallo is the Director of NP programs at Averett University in Danville, VA and he currently practices Family Medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the immediate past president of the Central Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners and was one of two state representatives for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Mallo is one of 25 Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in the State of Michigan and one of 600 in the nation. 

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Dr. Richard Myers

Dr. Myers is a board-certified psychiatrist with significant experience in administrative psychiatry and indirect clinical service at all levels of psychiatric care. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his psychiatry residency program at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.  For the HRSA ANEW grant, Dr. Myers serves as the mental health consultant for preceptors, a role that weaves together his clinical expertise, teaching experience, and interest in technology, as many of the preceptors work and reside in Michigan’s designated mental health provider shortage areas. He is currently an instructor in the nurse practitioner program at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Myers’ current clinical work is in Grand Rapids, MI at Cherry Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center. In the clinical setting, he values the transdisciplinary team approach and integrated health care models. He fully supports person-centered approaches and the significant involvement of peer advocates and family members in the assessment, education, and treatment of individuals. Additionally, Dr. Myers embraces innovative technology to improve treatment and to extend the availability of psychiatric services to mental health provider shortage areas. He has extensive experience in developing and utilizing telepsychiatry services as well as utilizing integrated/collaborative care models.

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