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Recently I had to decide what I was going to do next with my life. That’s one of those questions that sounds really exciting until it actually happens. Then panic and doubt begin to set in and we worry about making the wrong choices. In the midst of my turmoil, I began to think about how precious time really is. It’s too precious to waste even a second of it. So whatever I was going to do, I knew it needed to be valuable and to really make a difference in the world. After a great deal of soul searching, I came to the conclusion that it was time to work on fulfilling my lifelong dream of being a professional communicator. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with anyone who can learn and benefit from it. So come on in, sit down, and stay awhile. It will be worth your time! I’m Dr. Terri Wenner, an educator, a registered nurse, an encourager, and a friend. Welcome to my blog, it’s wonderful to meet you!

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Let me tell you a little more about what you’ll find here, what you can expect from me in the future, and how you can get involved.

Who is Dr. Terri Wenner?

I’m a happily married mother of two adult children and currently live in Eastern Pennsylvania. My husband, Russ, and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Physically, my 4 foot 9 inch frame can be deceiving, but don’t be fooled, I’m really a petite powerhouse. In fact, a coworker once told me that I reminded her of Florence Nightingale who attributed her success to never giving or taking any excuses. All that being said, I am a passionate educator, a motivating encourager, a courageous risk-taker, and a lover of spontaneous humor!

What does Dr. Terri know about?

I have been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years and a Nurse Educator for 10. At this point I have cared for more patients than I could count, and taught over 1000 student nurses. So I think it’s safe to say that I’m an expert in both healthcare and education. My doctoral degree is in Education with a focus on Organizational Leadership. If you are interested in more details, feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile link for “Teresa Wenner“. On a more personal level, I have overcome several physical, emotional, and spiritual obstacles and believe that there is always hope for improvement no matter how grim things might look. I have battled and won over depression, obesity, and spiritual distress to name a few of the biggies.

How often can you expect new content?

I will be blogging twice weekly, usually on Mondays & Thursdays. Blog posts will focus on learning something new and vary between physical, emotional, and spiritual health issues, current events, and helpful life lessons.  I will also be recording a podcast every other week called “Breaking Thru Health Barriers”.

What can we look forward to in the future?

I have started writing my very first book and will keep you updated on my progress. I’ve chosen to self-publish, so as soon as I’m finished I’ll be quickly getting it into the hands of those interested. I will be looking for volunteer readers to provide feedback before it goes into publication. So if this interests you, be sure to let me know. Volunteer readers get an electronic copy of the book for free!

How can you get involved?

I’m sure you have noticed that finding quality resources online can take some digging. So, if you find this information helpful, be sure to tell a friend. Word of mouth is always the best form of advertising and I would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the link to my website, or mention me on Facebook or Twitter. All the links are listed below for your convenience. Be sure to sign up for site updates and receive my free gift “A Personal Health Status Check-up”. My emails will notify you when new blog posts and podcasts are available and provide other information such as upcoming events, book release dates and more.

Wrap-up Question

The thoughts, opinions, and needs of my readers and listeners are a top priority to me, so let me know what health related topics you would be interested in hearing more about.

I’m so glad you decided to stop by today. Hope you’ll come again soon.






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Meet the Host – Dr. Terri Wenner- Breaking Thru Health Barriers

Episode 0: Meet the Host – Show Notes


I want to take a few minutes to tell you a little more about myself so you can get to know me.

My husband Russ & I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We are lifelong Pennsylvanians and have 2 grown children. Russ works in the IT field, so he’s my personal tech guy. We exercise regularly and enjoy walking our 2 rescue dogs most evenings. We even walk in the dark when the days are shorter. That’s why they made flashlights right?
Our daughter is a college graduate and currently works in the business field. Our son is a senior in college studying criminal justice and also serves in the PA army national guard.

Work Experience

During college I started working as a nursing assistant in the coronary care unit of a local hospital. I worked my way up to being a staff nurse on a cardiac step-down unit, then moved on to work in both the intensive care & coronary care units and eventually became a second-shift nursing supervisor. At that point, I had young children and took a few years to focus on my family as a stay-at-home mom.

When I returned to work, I had a variety of part-time nursing jobs that ranged from teaching CPR and administering flu shots to working in a pediatric clinic. Eventually it was time for me to return to work full-time and a few people who knew me quite well pointed out my teaching abilities. So I decided to give teaching a try to began teaching for a local community college as a nursing instructor and went back to school for my Masters in Nursing with an Education focus.

Once I finished my Master’s degree, I was hired as a full-time nursing instructor for a private university. I taught chronic and acute adult health, older adult nursing, therapeutic nursing interventions (fancy way of saying things you do to help people feel better such as giving medications, wound care, urinary & bowel care) and nursing pharmacology. And for the past 5 years I have been working on my doctoral degree in education with a focus on organizational leadership. At this point I have been working in healthcare for 25 years and in higher education for 10 years. I have worked alongside some of the best minds, been mentored by many of them and challenged by others to be the best I can be.


I am passionate about helping other people find their path to a better life, to be happier, healthier people who are enjoyable to be around. And I tend to push people in the right direction in a humorous but loving way and love accomplishing new and exciting things in life. I am a great strategizer, love learning and digging up research to support my claims. I’ve spent the last 9 out of 10 years in some type of graduate school, and officially completed my doctor of education degree about a week ago! So I’ll do the research so you don’t have to.


I plan on blogging twice weekly (posting on Mondays & Thursdays) and podcasting once every other week. I have also started writing my first book and will be keeping everyone updated on my progress.

The Show Name: Breaking Thru Health Barriers

There are many aspects of health but regardless of what type of health you are speaking about, people run into problems achieving the results they want. I know this from personal experience, from watching my friends & family members with their struggles and from seeing hospital beds filled with people with health problems. Sometimes it truly was out of our control, such as being involved in an accident. But other times we earned that health problem because of our choices.

For example, my weight officially fell into the obese category in 2013. I am under 5 feet tall & when I would see pictures of myself I noticed that I resembled a beach ball. Holy Toledo, seriously, the chronically ill health instructor looks like a beach ball. When I would teach class, I literally must have said 100 times that poor health choices placed patients at higher risk for a long list of diseases. At the same time I was hitting the local Burger King on the way home from teaching evening classes at 10pm. I bought candy for the jar in my office (supposedly for my students) but I was the one spending most of my time in the office – so a sugar high was always a moment away from my lips. You get the picture. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do I just didn’t do it! I know I’m not alone and I have had much success in the past few years. In 2015 I hit a normal weight range after losing 50 pounds. Over a year later I have kept all but a few pounds off.


What I won’t be doing is other people’s jobs. I am not a medical doctor, so I won’t be diagnosing or treating any medical problems. I can point you in the right direction, but you will need to see a medical doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner for those issues. I am also not a licensed therapist or counselor so if you need or desire those type of services you’ll have to find someone with those qualifications too. . .

I look forwarding to getting to know many of you in the months & years ahead. There is a comment section on my blog, feel free to leave your thoughts or questions there. And if you find the information I offer helpful, be sure to tell a friend! Be sure to sign up for website announcements and get a free copy of my “Personal Health Status Check-up Tool” .

This is Dr. Terri Wenner. Together we’ll break thru as many health barriers as possible–and live a happier, healthier life! Have a wonderful day!

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