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Cheryl Gainer is a practicing RN and Certified Nurse Midwife. The Texas Board of Nursing licenses her as an RN and CNM. She became certified as a Nurse-Midwife and earned a MSN from Houston Baptist University in 1982. She earned a BSN from Texas Woman’s University in 1975. She is currently full-time Clinical Assistant Professor at UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation teaching in the senior course; Nursing of the Childbearing Family. She has previously taught undergraduate obstetric nursing at Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has also been faculty for University of Texas Medical Branch Nurse Midwifery Education Program in Galveston, TX. She was faculty for the University of New Mexico Nurse-Midwifery Education Program in Albuquerque, NM from 1998 to 1999. In 1990 a biopsy diagnosed Cheryl with Celiac Disease and since then she has worked to educate, advocate, and work with individuals diagnosed with any type of Gluten Intolerance. She has two children of her own with gluten intolerance and learned firsthand the difficulty of raising children on a gluten free diet. Since 2004, Cheryl has served as a camp nurse for summer residence camps for children with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis. Besides caring for children with Gluten Intolerance, Cheryl is also well versed in providing midwifery and well woman care to women with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis. She is a published author on Celiac Disease and is often an invited speaker on the subject of Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpitformis.

Houston, TX, Houston Baptist University
MSN
High Risk Perinatal Nursing
Nursing Practice
Jackson, MS, University of Mississippi at Jackson
Certificate
Nurse Midwifery
Nursing Practice
Houston, TX, Houston Baptist University
Certificate
High Risk Perinatal Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Practice
Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, Planned Parenthood
Certificate
Family Planning Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Practice
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
BSN
Nursing
Science
January 2016
Ongoing
Clinical Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
August 2004
December 2015
Clinical Instructor
The University of Texas College of Nursing
September 2013
August 2015
Chairperson, Faculty Issues UTACONHI
The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
April 2003
August 2004
Regional Asthma Program Coordinator
Dallas, TX, US EPA Region 6
September 1999
May 2003
Associate Clinical Professor
Dallas, TX, Texas Woman's University College of Nursing, Texas Woman's University School of Nursing
September 1998
May 1999
Faculty Liaison
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 1998
July 1998
Staff Nurse Midwife
Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Indian Hospital
September 1995
August 1997
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Galveston, TX, UTMB School of Nursing
June 1994
July 1995
Maternal/Child Specialist
Galveston, TX, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
January 1991
May 1995
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Galveston, TX , University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing
August 1989
January 1991
Ob-Triage Nurse Practitioner
Fort Worth, TX, John Peter Smith Hosptial
May 1988
July 1989
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Dallas, TX, Life Planning Health Services, Inc.
January 1985
April 1987
Director of Midwifery
Denton, TX, Flow Hospital
January 1984
December 1985
Coordinator Maternal Health Services
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
June 1983
December 1984
Certified Nurse Midwife
Jackson, MS, Mississippi State Department of Health
May 1977
September 1981
Family Planning Nurse Practitioner
Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas
September 1980
May 1981
Consultant
Houston, TX, Florrence Crittenton Services
September 1999
Ongoing
Professional
American College of Nurse Midwives Chapter V-12
October 1984
Ongoing
Professional
Consortium of Texas Certified Nurse Midwives, American College of Nurse Midwives
August 1979
Ongoing
Professional
American College of Nurse Midwives
August 2015
 2015 Nurse.com Texas Regional GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Award for Volunteerism & Service.  

I received the award for my 12 years of volunteer work as a Camp Nurse for camps for children with Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance and my service to the Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivety/Intolerance community.  Not only have I volunteered as Camp Nurse, but I have also worked as one of a group of advisors to two girls to plan and implement The Great Gluten Escape, the FIRST gluten free camp in Texas. I was a Board member and officer for The Great Gluten Escape Camp, Inc. for 9 years planning and implementing the camp at Gilmont Camp and Conference Center.  Gilmont Camp and Conference Center assumed ownership of The Great Gluten Escape in 2013 and since 2013 have continued to volunteer as Head Camp Nurse for The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont. I plan to continue volunteering as long as I am physically and mentally able to fullfill all the duties required.

June 2015
This award honors midwifery’s “unsung heroes” who have demonstrated pioneering vision and innovative leadership. Award winners are exceptional CNMs or CMs who are members of ACNM, have been certified for at least 10 years,and have not previously received the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award. The Lang Award is aptly named for Dorothea M. Lang, CNM, MPH, FACNM – past-president of ACNM and the A.C.N.M. Foundation, whose visionary leadership has advanced the profession of midwifery in countless ways.

Pioneer Nurse Midwife in the first thirty years of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

April 2014
University of Texas at Arlington award honoring faculty for creative works. Cheryl Gainer was honored for her years of service planning, implementing, and volunteering as camp nurse for a 5 night/6 day camp for children on a gluten free diet.

Presentation

September 2009
Finalist in award for providing community service to individuals with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance and Herpetiformis Dermatitiis.  

I was nominated for my work with starting a camp for children on a gluten free diet and serving as a camp nurse.

October 2001

Life time service to individuals with Celiac Disease.

October 2001
Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award

Nominated by my fellow faculty as an excellent teacher in both classroom and clinical.

November 2015

Nurse.com news article about the 6 winners of the 2015 Texas GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Awards.
 

November 2015

Article describing the nurses who were finalist for the 2009 South Central Nursing Excellence Awards
 

July 2016
Camp Nurse, The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont

MISSION STATEMENT

The Great Gluten Escape will provide each camper with an opportunity to participate in all camp activities without concern for the gluten content of the food provided. The camp will provide an environment that encourages peer support and escape from the daily peer pressure of the “I can't have that” syndrome.

CAMP DETAILS

This 7 night/ 8 day summer resident camp has been designed for youth ages 7-15 with dietary restrictions related to Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, and/or Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance. This is the camp where you can escape from the gluten loaded world we live in. At this camp you will no longer have to worry about gluten!

Camp Gilmont is located in Gilmer, Texas approximately 2 hours east of Dallas, Texas. The camp comes with all the normal camp events and activities. Each camper will experience all of the excitement of a summer resident camp, including S'mores by the campfire!

We welcome siblings, cousins and friends 7 to 15 that are not diagnosed with Celiac Disease, DH, or Gluten Intolerance, however; only gluten free food will be served during camp. We regret we will not be able to accommodate campers experiencing the physical challenges associated with Down syndrome and Autism.

Celiac knowledgeable Registered Nurses (RN) in residence during camp.  

Celiac Disease

I have a wealth of knowledge concerning Celiac Disease; including how it effects children and women's health. I especially understand the reproductive changes associated with diagnosed and undiagnosed Celiac Disease and have several publications concerning Celiac Disease. In addition, I have given numerous presentations at local, state, and national meetings and conferences on Celiac Disease. I currently volunteer annually as Camp Nurse for The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont, a summer resident camp for children 7 to 15 years of age on a gluten free diet.

2014
Moore, M. L., & Gainer, C. (2014). Celiac disease and preterm and/or low birthweight births. MCN, 39(2), 88-93.
Journal Article
Published
2011
Gainer, C. (2011). Celiac disease: Helping patients live gluten-free. The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care, 36 (9), 14-19.
Journal Article
Published
2007
Gainer, C. (2007) The great gluten escape: A camp for children with celiac disease. (Nursing Perspective Column) Gastroenterology Nursing, 30 (5), 380-381.
Journal Article
Published
2007
Gainer, C. (2007) Review of the book Recognizing Celiac Disease: Signs, Symptoms, Associated Disorders & Complications. Gastroenterology Nursing, 30 (5), 387.
Journal Article
Published
1993
Gainer, C. & Phillips, C. (1993).  Celiac sprue and pregnancy.  The Journal of Perinatal and      Neonatal Nursing, 6 (4) 29-36.
Journal Article
Published
February 2014
Celiac Disease

Review of anatomy and physiology of Celiac Disease, screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Invited
October 2013
Celiac 101

Presentation of the basics of starting a gluten free diet for individuals recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Invited
September 2012
Celiac 101

Presentation of the basics of starting a gluten free diet for individuals recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Invited
June 2012
Getting the Health Care You Deserve

Invited speaker to Dallas area Gluten Intolerance Group to present information regarding how to find and keep healthcare providers and pharmacists that are competent and welcoming to individuals with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance, and Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Invited
May 2011
Providing Evidence Based Preconception, Prenatal and Postpartum Care to Women with Celiac Disease.

05/24/11

Gainer, C. Providing Evidence Based Preconception, Prenatal and Postpartum Care to Women with Celiac Disease. Podium presentation for the American College of Nurse-Midwives 56th Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Antonio,TX

Invited
May 2007
Celiac Disease: Not a Rare Disease, Just Rarely Diagnosed

05/21/07

Gainer, C. Celiac Disease: Not a Rare Disease, Just Rarely Diagnosed, Podium presentation for SGNA 34th Annual Course, Baltimore, Maryland

Invited
March 2007
The Great Gluten Escape

03/16/07

Gainer, C. The Great Gluten Escape, Poster presentation for Pediatric Environmental Health Symposium, Houston, TX

Invited
May 2006
A Collaborative Model For Developing a Resident Summer Camp for Children with Celiac Disease

05/18/06

Gainer, C. A Collaborative Model for Developing a Resident Summer Camp for Children with Celiac Disease, Poster presentation for SGNA 33rd Annual Course, San Antonio, TX

Invited
November 2005
Celiac Disease in Women's Health

11/11/05

Gainer, C. Celiac Disease in Women's Health, Podium presentation for Texas Midwives Annual Conference, Wimberley, TX

Invited
October 2005
Celiac Disease: How Students Cope

10/12/05

Gainer, C., Gainer-Lane, H. & Viola, C. Celiac Disease: How Students Cope, Podium presentation to North Texas Dieticians Association, Denton, TX

Invited
October 2004
Think Celiac

10/13/04

Gainer, C. Think Celiac, Podium presentation for North Texas Nurse Practitioners-Metroplex West, Arlington, TX

Invited
April - 2010
Sirius Radio Interview with Dr. Ira Briete of the Dr. Ira Breite Show on Doctor Radio; Sirius 114 and XM 119

Dr. Ira Breite interview with Cheryl Gainer and Anna Jones from The Great Gluten Escape:

Celiac disease is a burgeoning problem in the United States. I asked my kid if he knew anyone at camp who had problems with bread or wheat: he mentioned the diabetic kid but otherwise knew of no one. But if 1 in 133 people has Celiac, then where do these kids go? Cheryl Gainer, the Nurse at Camp Gilmont in Texas, which hosts a "Great Gluten Escape" every year for kids with Celiac Disease, will tell us! Also joining us with be the camp dietician, Anna Jones, who also works with the Texas Health and Human Service Commission.

Monday, April 19th on the Doctor Ira Breite Show on Doctor Radio: Sirius 114 and XM 119

If you or a loved one have a kid with celiac disease and you want to offer them a "real" camp experience, give us a call at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!

Non-Refereed / Non-Juried
July - 2015
The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont

Summer resident camp for children 7-15 years of age on a gluten free diet.

Other Activities
Non-Refereed / Non-Juried
August 2015
Ongoing
August 2015
Ongoing
Spring 2016
NURS 4441 - Nursing of the Childbearing Family
Required clinical course for BSN.
Last Updated on February 5, 2016, 11:23 am
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May 2006
Ongoing
Volunteered

Director of Nursing, The Great Gluten Escape. Recruit and train two nurses to accompany me as Camp Nurse for the week long Great Gluten Escape summer resident camp for children 7-15 years on a gluten free diet.

Volunteered
June 2005
Ongoing
Camp Nurse for The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont

MISSION STATEMENT

The Great Gluten Escape at Gilmont will provide each camper with an opportunity to participate in all camp activities without concern for the gluten content of the food provided. The camp will provide an environment that encourages peer support and escape from the daily peer pressure of the “I can't have that” syndrome.

CAMP DETAILS

This 7 day/6 night summer resident camp has been designed for youth ages 7-15 with dietary restrictions related to Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, and/or Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance. This is the camp where you can escape from the gluten loaded world we live in. For one week you will no longer have to worry about gluten!

Camp Gilmont is located in Gilmer, Texas approximately 2.5 hours east of Dallas, Texas. The camp comes with all the normal camp events and activities.  Each camper will experience all of the excitement of a summer resident camp, including S'mores by the campfire!

We welcome siblings 7 to 15 that are not diagnosed with Celiac Disease, DH, or Gluten Intolerance, however, only gluten free food will be served during camp. We regret we will not be able to accommodate campers experiencing the physical challenges associated with Down syndrome and Autism.

Celiac knowledgeable Registered Nurse (RN) in residence during camp.  

Volunteered
October 2006
October 2013
Great Gluten Escape Camp, Inc. (dissolved December 2013)

Served in the roles Secretary, President, and Member from 2006 to 20013 for the not for profit organization who's sole mission was to fund, plan, and implement a summer resident camp for children 7 to 15 years of age with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity/Intolerance or Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Elected
March 2005
June 2006
President, Lone Star Celiac Support Group

President, Dallas area Celiac Support Group.
 

Elected
March 2004
March 2005
Vice-President Lone Star Celiac Support Group

Vice-President, Dallas Celiac Support Group. Conducted meetings in absence of President. Met with Board of Directors monthly and performed other duties as requested by President.
 

Elected
August 2004
August 2004
Camp Nurse

Served as Camp Nurse for Camp Celiac in Rhode Island for children on a gluten free diet.

Volunteered
August - 2015
Immediate Past Chair, Faculty Issues Committee, College of Nursing and Health Innovation


 

College and Department Committees
August - 2013
Chair, Faculty Issues Committee College of Nursing and Health Innovation
College and Department Committees
January - 2008
THR Learn Committee

Served as member of committee in development and implementation of AP Off- Campus Program.

UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation
December 2015
Ongoing
Clinical Assistant Professor
UTACONHI (CON), UTA CONHI