Meet Our Writers

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Doris M. Boutain, RN, PhD

Doris M. Boutain, RN, PhD, is a research consultant in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington, Seattle, and a member of the National Black Nurses Association.

Dorothy Budzi, RN, MS, MPH

Dorothy Budzi, RN, MS, MPH has worked in public health for five years and is currently a nurse manager for a 34-bed medical unit at the Dallas VA Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She developed a patient education brochure about wound care that is being used in all VA hospitals in the United States.

Dr. Roger H. Phelps, O.D., F.A.A.O., C.D.E.

Dr. Roger H. Phelps, O.D., F.A.A.O., C.D.E., is a VSP Vision Care Optometrist and certified Diabetes Educator. His practice, OjaiEyes Optometry, is located in Ojai, California.

Elizabeth Valente

Elizabeth Valente is associate director of publications and media relations at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California.

Elsie Soto, RN

Elsie Soto, RN, is a professional home care nurse who works for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) in New York City.

Eniola O. Dawodu

Eniola O. Dawodu is a senior-year nursing student at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Eric L. Coleman, LPN

Eric L. Coleman, LPN, works with the veteran population at a long-term care VA facility in Brecksville, Ohio. He plans to continue his education in nursing and he enjoys writing in his spare time.

Erica Patino

Erica Patino is a freelance writer based in Monterey, California