Dr. Tanner joined Frontier Nursing University in 2011 after teaching as adjunct clinical and didactic faculty in various other undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She initially taught CNM and WHNP students about antenatal care and now teaches psychiatric concepts to CNM, FNP, and WHNP students as faculty in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. She earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Colorado in 2012, her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2000, her Masters in Nursing from the University of Utah in 1996, and her Bachelors in Nursing from Westminster College of Salt Lake City in 1994. She belongs to Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau, and Frontier Nursing University Honor Societies and has been awarded multiple awards, including the prestigious Colorado State Nightingale Award.
Dr. Tanner is an active participant in several national professional organizations. She has served on the boards of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the A.C.N.M. Foundation, the American Midwifery Certification Board, The Colorado Nurses' Association, and the Colorado Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is currently the immediate past-chair of the AMCB research committee and the past-president of the Colorado Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
After practicing full-scope nurse-midwifery serving primarily underserved women for 23 years, Dr. Tanner obtained her postgraduate certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She currently practices at a private psychiatric practice caring for patients across the lifespan and specializing in perinatal mental health and ADHD. She is the mother of six and grandmother of five, enjoys reading, singing, traveling, and spending time with her family, and is a passionate believer in lifelong learning.