Flint, MI — Lyn Behnke, DNP, FNP-BC, FAACPVR, CHFN, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Top Distinguished Member in the field of Nursing in acknowledgment for her role as a Family Nurse Practitioner with Harmony Wellness Center and serving on Faculty at the University of Michigan-Flint.
A well-seasoned practitioner, Dr. Behnke has accrued 41 years of vast expertise and professional experience in nursing, research, and education. She consults with her patients regarding integrative medicine, acupuncture, and chronic pain issues at the Harmony Wellness Center. At the University of Michigan, she is the lead faculty on the Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner track, and the health and physical exam component. Dr. Behnke joined the full-time faculty at the University of Michigan Flint in January of 2017 and joined the tenure track faculty in September of 2017. She also serves on the Graduate Faculty Committee, Graduate Curriculum Committee, Graduate Student Awards, and Scholarships Committee, and the University Technology Committee. A respected voice in her field, she also publishes regularly in the Connection, a quarterly report for the Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She has 2 chapters in the new “Pocket Guide” for treating heart failure and is currently lead in the production of a heart failure guide for long term care.
Throughout her acclaimed career, Dr. Behnke has practiced in a variety of roles in the Flint and Northern Michigan areas including family practice, health promotion, and disease prevention, cardiology, heart failure, skilled and long term care, and maintains an integrative medicine practice in Northeast Michigan. She was the first Nurse Practitioner to achieve medical staff privileges at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint and the former Alpena Regional Medical Center. Additionally, she has practiced as a preceptor for NPs and physicians in training since 1992 and has served as adjunct faculty for Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, the University of Michigan Flint, and has been an invited speaker for Oakland University, Wayne State, and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
An academic scholar, Dr. Behnke began her career as a diploma graduate from Mercy School of Nursing of Detroit. After graduation, she became a critical care nurse, is one of the first CCRN certified nurses in the Flint area. After leading the CCU-PCCU at St. Joseph Hospital for 7 years, she moved to critical care education, providing orientation and skills training for ICU-CCU nurses. During that time, she also completed a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University. Soon thereafter, she became interested in disease prevention and completed her MSN Family Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Clinical Specialist from Michigan State in 1990. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Remaining abreast of the latest developments in her field, Dr. Behnke is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Sigma Theta Tau, AANP, AACN, MICNP, AHA, AAHFN, WomenHeart, the Association for Integrative Medicine and an Associate of the American College of Cardiology.
An active member of her community, Dr. Behnke has garnered a deserving reputation for her passion to serve. In her community, she serves on the Northeast Michigan Community Service board and is a member of the National Governing Board for WomenHeart, the national coalition of women with heart disease. She is also serving as an advisor to the Society to Improve Diagnosis. Dr. Behnke also volunteers her time with Bay Community Concert Band, plays Saxophone with Tawas Bay and Shoreline players and the Huron Shores Community Chorus.
Dr. Behnke dedicates her success to her mentors Dr. Marie Eileen Onieal, Ph.D., and Mr. Charles Birch, Dr. Hiba Wehbe-Alahmah, Dr. W. Silverstone, Dr. Steven Dowdy, Dr. Daniel Lee and Mrs. Sue Erickson.
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