MEET OUR FACULTY

Faculty at the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences are highly trained in both traditional sciences and integrative health. This ensures that students receive a high quality education through the integration of traditional approaches to wellness and modern scientific evidence. Our highly trained academic faculty also participate in our clinical research team, further contributing to the body of knowledge in integrative health.

DR. JESSIE HAWKINS
DR. JESSIE HAWKINS Research Director
Dr. Hawkins has been an integrative health professional for nearly 20 years and has written 8 popular books on natural health topics. She is the Director of both the school and the research team, and in addition to teaching our research classes, she travels the globe to present on our research.

Education:
• Certificates and Diplomas in: aromatherapy, aromatic medicine, herbalism, childbirth education, and labor support
• Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health from Union Institute and University
• Master’s Degree in Health Education & Promotion from the University of Alabama
• PGCert in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
• PhD in Health Research from Middle Tennessee State University
• (Current) Global Clinical Scholars Research Training post-doctoral program at Harvard Medical School

CHRISTY HIRES
CHRISTY HIRESAromatherapy Department Chair
Christy Hires leads aromatherapy education and research at FSIHS. She teaches advanced and onsite students, as well as teaching during our study tours in Europe. She also manages a busy aromatherapy practice in Colorado and volunteers as a NAHA regional director.

Education:
• Certificates and Diplomas in aromatherapy, herbalism, and aromatic medicine
• Bachelor’s Degree in Theology
• Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Alabama

ELIZABETH DUNNE, MS, RDN
ELIZABETH DUNNE, MS, RDNProfessor
Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who sees patients several days a week at the Huntsville Hospital Heart Failure Clinic. She teaches holistic nutrition, dietary supplement science, and human health behavior. Her research interests include pediatric nutrition, health equity, and community health practices.

Education:
• Certificate in Clinical Herbalism
• Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Alabama
• Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

LAURA DEBIASI, DNP, MPH, FNP-C, CNE
LAURA DEBIASI, DNP, MPH, FNP-C, CNEProfessor
Dr. Debiasi holds licenses as a Registered Nurse and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her research publications include an emphasis on holistic health, ranging from projects to screen tools for assessing emotional wellbeing among children in Honduras orphanages to nutraceutical supplementation to support liver health.

Education–All from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB):
• Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering
• Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
• Master’s in Public Health
• Master’s in Family Nursing Practice
• Doctorate of Nursing Practice

COLBY BAKER
COLBY BAKERHerbalism Department Chair
Colby Baker teaches herbalism with an emphasis on plant cultivation and product preparation. She enjoys gardening, exploring the native plants near her Tennessee home, and teaching her children about healthy habits using botanicals.

Education:
• Diplomas in Clinical Herbalism, Aromatherapy, & Aromatic Medicine
• Bachelor’s Degree in Family & Consumer Science from Middle Tennessee State University
• Diploma in Culinary Arts, Baking Emphasis

ADMINISTRATION & STUDENT SUPPORT

RACHEL LILLY, MBARegistrar & Compliance Director
Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from Tennessee Tech. She oversees all of the legal compliance requirements to ensure that the FSIHS maintains all records as required by our postsecondary authorization. She oversees admissions, finalizes graduation requests, processes transcript needs, and ensures that all of the postsecondary authorization needs of the school are exceeded.
KATIE COXStudent Advisor
Katie is a key member of the student support staff and serves as the student advisor. She supports students through the entire process of admissions through continuing professional development after graduation. Katie makes recommendations on the best major for your unique goals, assists with course selection and planning, and is available to students for guidance throughout the program. She is also a trained aesthetician and reflexologist.