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Cheryl L Gainer

Name

[Gainer, Cheryl L]

Biography

Cheryl Gainer is a practicing RN and Certified Nurse Midwife. The Texas Board of Nursing licenses her as an RN and CNM. She became certified as a Nurse-Midwife and earned a MSN from Houston Baptist University in 1982. She earned a BSN from Texas Woman’s University in 1975. She is currently full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation teaching in the senior course; Nursing of the Childbearing Family. She has previously taught undergraduate obstetric nursing at Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has also been faculty for University of Texas Medical Branch Nurse Midwifery Education Program in Galveston, TX. She was faculty for the University of New Mexico Nurse-Midwifery Education Program in Albuquerque, NM from 1998 to 1999. In 1990 a biopsy diagnosed Cheryl with Celiac Disease and since then she has worked to educate, advocate, and work with individuals diagnosed with any type of Gluten Intolerance. She has two children of her own with gluten intolerance and learned firsthand the difficulty of raising children on a gluten free diet. Since 2004, Cheryl has served as a camp nurse for summer residence camps for children with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Besides caring for children with Gluten Intolerance, Cheryl is also well versed in providing midwifery and well woman care to women with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis. She is a published author on Celiac Disease and is often an invited speaker on the subject of Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpitformis.

Professional Preparation

    • 1982 MSN in High Risk Perinatal Nursing (Nursing Practice),  Houston Baptist University  Houston, TX
    • 1982 Certificate in Nurse Midwifery (Nursing Practice),  University of Mississippi at Jackson  Jackson, MS
    • 1980 Certificate in High Risk Perinatal Nurse Practitioner (Nursing Practice),  Houston Baptist University  Houston, TX
    • 1977 Certificate in Family Planning Nurse Practitioner (Nursing Practice),  Planned Parenthood  Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas
    • 1975 BSN in Nursing (Science),  Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX

Appointments

    • Jan 2016 to Present Clinical Assistant Professor
      The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
    • Sept 2013 to Aug 2015 Chairperson, Faculty Issues UTACONHI
      The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
    • Aug 2004 to Dec 2015 Clinical Instructor
      The University of Texas College of Nursing
    • Apr 2003 to Aug 2004 Regional Asthma Program Coordinator
      US EPA Region 6   Dallas, TX
    • Sept 1999 to May 2003 Associate Clinical Professor
      Texas Woman's University School of Nursing    Texas Woman's University College of Nursing   Dallas, TX
    • Sept 1998 to May 1999 Faculty Liaison
      University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Mar 1998 to July 1998 Staff Nurse Midwife
      Santa Fe Indian Hospital   Santa Fe, NM
    • Sept 1995 to Aug 1997 Assistant Professor of Nursing
      UTMB School of Nursing   Galveston, TX
    • June 1994 to July 1995 Maternal/Child Specialist
      University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine   Galveston, TX
    • Jan 1991 to May 1995 Assistant Professor of Nursing
      University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing   Galveston, TX
    • Aug 1989 to Jan 1991 Ob-Triage Nurse Practitioner
      John Peter Smith Hosptial    Fort Worth, TX
    • May 1988 to July 1989 Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner
      Life Planning Health Services, Inc.   Dallas, TX
    • Jan 1985 to Apr 1987 Director of Midwifery
      Flow Hospital   Denton, TX
    • Jan 1984 to Dec 1985 Coordinator Maternal Health Services
      Public Health Department
    • June 1983 to Dec 1984 Certified Nurse Midwife
      Mississippi State Department of Health   Jackson, MS
    • Sept 1980 to May 1981 Consultant
      Florrence Crittenton Services   Houston, TX
    • May 1977 to Sept 1981 Family Planning Nurse Practitioner
      Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas

Memberships

  • Professional
    • Sept 1999 to Present American College of Nurse Midwives Chapter V-12
    • Oct 1984 to Present American College of Nurse Midwives  Consortium of Texas Certified Nurse Midwives
    • Aug 1979 to Present American College of Nurse Midwives

Awards and Honors

    • Aug  2015 Nurse.com 2015 Texas Regional GEM (Giving Excellence Meanning) Awards sponsored by http://info.gannetthg.com/l/29092/2014-09-04/z49mNurse.com
      Achievements:

      I received the award for my 12 years of volunteer work as a Camp Nurse for camps for children with Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance and my service to the Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivety/Intolerance community.  Not only have I volunteered as Camp Nurse, but I have also worked as one of a group of advisors to two girls to plan and implement The Great Gluten Escape, the FIRST gluten free camp in Texas. I was a Board member and officer for The Great Gluten Escape Camp, Inc. for 9 years planning and implementing the camp at Gilmont Camp and Conference Center.  Gilmont Camp and Conference Center assumed ownership of The Great Gluten Escape in 2013 and since 2013 have continued to volunteer as Head Camp Nurse for The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont. I plan to continue volunteering as long as I am physically and mentally able to fullfill all the duties required.

      Award Details
      Description:

       2015 Nurse.com Texas Regional GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Award for Volunteerism & Service.
       

    • Jun  2015 Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award sponsored by A.C.N.M Foundation, Inc. Awards and Scholarships
      Achievements:

      Pioneer Nurse Midwife in the first thirty years of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

      Description:

      This award honors midwifery’s “unsung heroes” who have demonstrated pioneering vision and innovative leadership. Award winners are exceptional CNMs or CMs who are members of ACNM, have been certified for at least 10 years,and have not previously received the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award. The Lang Award is aptly named for Dorothea M. Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM – past-president of ACNM and the A.C.N.M. Foundation, whose visionary leadership has advanced the profession of midwifery in countless ways.

    • Apr  2014 Honored for Faculty Creative Works 2013 sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
      Achievements:

      Presentation

      Description:

      University of Texas at Arlington award honoring faculty for creative works. Cheryl Gainer was honored for her years of service planning, implementing, and volunteering as camp nurse for a 5 night/6 day camp for children on a gluten free diet.

    • Sep  2009 Finalist, 2009 South Central Region Nursing Excellence Awards for Community Service sponsored by NurseWeek
      Achievements:

      I was nominated for my work with starting a camp for children on a gluten free diet and serving as a camp nurse.

      Description:

      Finalist in award for providing community service to individuals with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance and Herpetiformis Dermatitiis.
       

    • Oct  2001 Texas Woman's University Great 100 Nursing Alumni sponsored by School of NursingTexas Woman’s University
      Achievements:

      Life time service to individuals with Celiac Disease.

    • Oct  2001 Texas Woman's University College of Nursing Excellence in Teaching sponsored by Texas Woman's University College of Nursing, Dallas, TX
      Achievements:

      Nominated by my fellow faculty as an excellent teacher in both classroom and clinical.

      Description:

      Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award

News Articles

Other Activities

    • Volunteer
      • July 2016 Camp Nurse, The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont

        MISSION STATEMENT

        The Great Gluten Escape will provide each camper with an opportunity to participate in all camp activities without concern for the gluten content of the food provided. The camp will provide an environment that encourages peer support and escape from the daily peer pressure of the “I can't have that” syndrome.

        CAMP DETAILS

        This 7 night/ 8 day summer resident camp has been designed for youth ages 7-15 with dietary restrictions related to Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, and/or Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance. This is the camp where you can escape from the gluten loaded world we live in. At this camp you will no longer have to worry about gluten!

        Camp Gilmont is located in Gilmer, Texas approximately 2 hours east of Dallas, Texas. The camp comes with all the normal camp events and activities. Each camper will experience all of the excitement of a summer resident camp, including S'mores by the campfire!

        We welcome siblings, cousins and friends 7 to 15 that are not diagnosed with Celiac Disease, DH, or Gluten Intolerance, however; only gluten free food will be served during camp. We regret we will not be able to accommodate campers experiencing the physical challenges associated with Down syndrome and Autism.

        Celiac knowledgeable Registered Nurses (RN) in residence during camp.  

Research and Expertise

  • Celiac Disease

    I have a wealth of knowledge concerning Celiac Disease; including how it effects children and women's health. I especially understand the reproductive changes associated with diagnosed and undiagnosed Celiac Disease and have several publications concerning Celiac Disease. In addition, I have given numerous presentations at local, state, and national meetings and conferences on Celiac Disease. I currently volunteer annually as Camp Nurse for The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont, a summer resident camp for children 7 to 15 years of age on a gluten free diet.

Publications

      Journal Article 2014
      • Moore, M. L., & Gainer, C. (2014). Celiac disease and preterm and/or low birthweight births. MCN, 39(2), 88-93.

        {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

        Journal Article 2011
        • Gainer, C. (2011). Celiac disease: Helping patients live gluten-free. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 36 (9), 14-19.

          {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

          Journal Article 2007
          • Gainer, C. (2007) The great gluten escape: A camp for children with celiac disease. (Nursing Perspective Column) Gastroenterology Nursing, 30 (5), 380-381.

            {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
          • 2007
            • Gainer, C. (2007) Review of the book Recognizing Celiac Disease: Signs, Symptoms, Associated Disorders & Complications. Gastroenterology Nursing, 30 (5), 387.

              {Journal Article} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

              Journal Article 1993
              • Gainer, C. & Phillips, C. (1993).  Celiac sprue and pregnancy.  The Journal of Perinatal and

                     Neonatal Nursing, 6 (4) 29-36.

                {Peer Reviewed} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Presentations

    • February  2014
      Celiac Disease

      Review of anatomy and physiology of Celiac Disease, screening, diagnosis and treatment.

    • October  2013
      Celiac 101

      Presentation of the basics of starting a gluten free diet for individuals recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

    • June  2012
      Getting the Health Care You Deserve

      Invited speaker to Dallas area Gluten Intolerance Group to present information regarding how to find and keep healthcare providers and pharmacists that are competent and welcoming to individuals with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

    • May  2011
      Providing Evidence Based Preconception, Prenatal and Postpartum Care to Women with Celiac Disease.

      05/24/11

      Gainer, C. Providing Evidence Based Preconception, Prenatal and Postpartum Care to Women with Celiac Disease. Podium presentation for the American College of Nurse-Midwives 56th Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Antonio,TX

    • May  2007
      Celiac Disease: Not a Rare Disease, Just Rarely Diagnosed

      05/21/07

      Gainer, C. Celiac Disease: Not a Rare Disease, Just Rarely Diagnosed, Podium presentation for SGNA 34th Annual Course, Baltimore, Maryland

    • March  2007
      The Great Gluten Escape

      03/16/07

      Gainer, C. The Great Gluten Escape, Poster presentation for Pediatric Environmental Health Symposium, Houston, TX

    • May  2006
      A Collaborative Model For Developing a Resident Summer Camp for Children with Celiac Disease

      05/18/06

      Gainer, C. A Collaborative Model for Developing a Resident Summer Camp for Children with Celiac Disease, Poster presentation for SGNA 33rd Annual Course, San Antonio, TX

    • November  2005
      Celiac Disease in Women's Health

      11/11/05

      Gainer, C. Celiac Disease in Women's Health, Podium presentation for Texas Midwives Annual Conference, Wimberley, TX

    • October  2005
      Celiac Disease: How Students Cope

      10/12/05

      Gainer, C., Gainer-Lane, H. & Viola, C. Celiac Disease: How Students Cope, Podium presentation to North Texas Dieticians Association, Denton, TX

    • October  2004
      Think Celiac

      10/13/04

      Gainer, C. Think Celiac, Podium presentation for North Texas Nurse Practitioners-Metroplex West, Arlington, TX

Live Performances

  • 2016
    • July 2016 The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont 2016

      Participated in planning, implementing, and evaluating the success of the 11th annual gluten free camp for children 7-15 years of age on a gluten free diet.  My role during the year is helping plan camp around the chosen theme, which this year was Super Heroes. I also assist with advertising/marketing, recruiting volunteer counselors, staff, and camp nurses.

      My role at camp is as Head Camp Nurse, providing 24 hour a day nursing care, to campers, volunteers, Gilmont staff and visitors. I usually have at least one other nurse and sometimes a nursing student working with me.

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2010
    • Apr 2010 Sirius Radio Interview with Dr. Ira Briete of the Dr. Ira Breite Show on Doctor Radio; Sirius 114 and XM 119

      Dr. Ira Breite interview with Cheryl Gainer and Anna Jones from The Great Gluten Escape:

      Celiac disease is a burgeoning problem in the United States. I asked my kid if he knew anyone at camp who had problems with bread or wheat: he mentioned the diabetic kid but otherwise knew of no one. But if 1 in 133 people has Celiac, then where do these kids go? Cheryl Gainer, the Nurse at Camp Gilmont in Texas, which hosts a "Great Gluten Escape" every year for kids with Celiac Disease, will tell us! Also joining us with be the camp dietician, Anna Jones, who also works with the Texas Health and Human Service Commission.

      Monday, April 19th on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Doctor Radio: Sirius 114 and XM 119

      If you or a loved one have a kid with celiac disease and you want to offer them a "real" camp experience, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Other Creative Activities

  • 2015
    • Other Activities
      • July 2015 The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont

        Summer resident camp for children 7-15 years of age on a gluten free diet.

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Peers Mentored

Courses

Service to the Community

  • Elected
    • Mar 2005 to  June 2006 President, Lone Star Celiac Support Group

      President, Dallas area Celiac Support Group.
       

    • Oct 2006 to  Oct 2013 Great Gluten Escape Camp, Inc. (dissolved December 2013)

      Served in the roles Secretary, President, and Member from 2006 to 20013 for the not for profit organization who's sole mission was to fund, plan, and implement a summer resident camp for children 7 to 15 years of age with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance or Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

    • Mar 2004 to  Mar 2005 Vice-President Lone Star Celiac Support Group

      Vice-President, Dallas Celiac Support Group. Conducted meetings in absence of President. Met with Board of Directors monthly and performed other duties as requested by President.
       

  • Volunteered
    • June 2005 to  Present Camp Nurse for The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont

      MISSION STATEMENT

      The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont will provide each camper with an opportunity to participate in all camp activities without concern for the gluten content of the food provided. The camp will provide an environment that encourages peer support and escape from the daily peer pressure of the “I can't have that” syndrome.

      CAMP DETAILS

      This 7 day/6 night summer resident camp has been designed for youth ages 7-15 with dietary restrictions related to Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, and/or Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance. This is the camp where you can escape from the gluten loaded world we live in. For one week you will no longer have to worry about gluten!

      Camp Gilmont is located in Gilmer, Texas approximately 2.5 hours east of Dallas, Texas. The camp comes with all the normal camp events and activities.  Each camper will experience all of the excitement of a summer resident camp, including S'mores by the campfire!

      We welcome siblings 7 to 15 that are not diagnosed with Celiac Disease, DH, or Gluten Intolerance, however, only gluten free food will be served during camp. We regret we will not be able to accommodate campers experiencing the physical challenges associated with Down syndrome and Autism.

      Celiac knowledgeable Registered Nurse (RN) in residence during camp.  

    • May 2006 to  Present Volunteered

      Director of Nursing, The Great Gluten Escape. Recruit and train two nurses to accompany me as Camp Nurse for the week long Great Gluten Escape summer resident camp for children 7-15 years on a gluten free diet.

    • Aug 2004 to  Aug 2004 Camp Nurse

      Served as Camp Nurse for Camp Celiac in Rhode Island for children on a gluten free diet.

Other Service Activities

  • College and Department Committees
    • Aug 2015 Immediate Past Chair, Faculty Issues Committee, College of Nursing and Health Innovation


       

  • College and Department Committees
    • Aug 2013 Chair, Faculty Issues Committee College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation
    • Jan 2008 THR Learn Committee

      Served as member of committee in development and implementation of AP Off- Campus Program.

Administrative Appointment

  • 2015
    • Dec 2015 to Present - Clinical Assistant Professor, UTA CONHI   UTACONHI (CON)