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Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS, FT, CWS is a respected physician, professional health educator, professor, lecturer and author. She received her Medical and Master's Degrees from the University of California, Davis and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and surgical year at the University of California San Francisco - Fresno Program. She was the first physician to receive Fellow in Thanatology (Death, Dying and Bereavement) standing with the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Dyer is also a Certified Wellness Specialist. Her focus has shifted away from formal clinical practice to health education and teaching since having her second child. In 2004 she joined the faculty of Columbia College as an Adjunct Instructor in the Biological Sciences Department where she currently teaches Nutrition and Wellness in the classroom and also online. In November 2006 Dr. Dyer joined the College of Nursing and Health at Madonna University as an Associate Adjunct Professor. She teaches online Bereavement Courses as part of the Hospice Graduate Education program's Certificate in Bereavement. Dr. Dyer has lectured for Kaiser Permanente, March of Dimes, U.C. Berkeley Extension, American Institute of Medical Education, the California Hospice Foundation, American Medical Student Association, the California Maritime Academy, Columbia College and the Tuolumne County Medical Society. She has developed online courses for Madonna University's Bereavement Certificate Program, Columbia College, NICU Solutions and the University of Pittsburgh's Supercourse. She writes in four different blogs, the Grief, Loss and Transitions Blog to accompany the Journey of Hearts site and the NICU Parent Support Blog to accompany the NICU Parent Support site, the site developed based on her NICU experiences with her youngest daughter. Most recently she has started an Edublogs IEducation Blog) for her teaching experiences, Ruminations of an Online Instructor / MD and another for her interest in the environment and love of nature, My Green Doc Blog.