Let’s Talk Health is a production of the University of Memphis’ Department of Communication
and the Loewenberg School of Nursing (LSON) to empower you to communicate and make
healthy choices. Produced at the WUMR studios on the campus of the University of Memphis,
Let’s Talk Health is hosted by Lisa Beasley MSN, NP-C, RN, family nurse practitioner
and clinical assistant professor in LSON, and Gretchen Norling Holmes, PhD., assistant
professor in the department of communication.
Lisa Beasley MSN, NP-C, RN
An alumnus of the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis, Lisa
obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in December of 2005 and her Master of
Science in Nursing, with a concentration of Family Nurse Practitioner, in May of 2010.
She has worked as a staff nurse on a cardiac step-down floor in the Methodist LeBonheur
Health Care system and also as a nurse practitioner in the primary care setting and
in a specialty care setting for patients with chronic pain. She now works in hospice
care and at a retail health clinic. A faculty member at LSON since fall of 2010, Beasley
worked in the media, namely radio, for 17 years before going back to school for nursing.
Gretchen Norling Holmes, PhD.
After receiving both a Bachelor of Science in communication in 1993 and Master of
Arts in communication in 1997 from New York University, Holmes later received a Certificate
in Medical Behavioral Science from the University of Kentucky in 2000 and a PhD from
the University of Kentucky in 2003. She focuses her research on interpersonal health
communication, specifically patient-provider communication and the development of
interpersonal rapport. Prior to joining the University of Memphis faculty, Dr. Holmes
served as an assistant professor at the University of West Florida, department of
Communication Arts and Research Director for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service,
Dr. Holmes is a patient advocate for the National Cancer Institute’s CARRA program,
and serves as a Behavioral Change Expert for the national bone health campaign, Best
Bones Forever, for Hager Sharp and the National Institutes of Health in Washington,