Laurie Martinez, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN
Laurie Martinez is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She earned her doctorate degree in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in Nursing Health Systems Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Saint Joseph. As a holistic nurse, Laurie advocates for viewing individuals as a whole where thoughts, behaviors, and social dimensions influence overall health. She has a particular interest in children and adolescents after her own daughter struggled with chronic physical health issues that led to chronic anxiety. Desperate to bring joy into her daughter’s daily life, and as an animal lover, Laurie rescued a Doberman. Laurie joined the C-P.A.W.W. team after witnessing reduced anxiety, an increase in positive energy, and an overall soothing effect the dog had on her daughter. Although her Doberman has since crossed over the rainbow bridge, her family is never without at least one fur-family-member. Currently, they are blessed with an exuberant Cane Corso (who thinks she is a lap dog) who spreads an endless supply of excitement, cheerfulness, and positive energy.