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ND, University of Colorado
MA, University of Santa Monica
MA, University of Denver
BA, Western State Colorado University


Terry Chase, MA, ND, RN, is interested in all aspects and levels of health for the human being. In 1980, completing her Bachelor of Science in physical education/sociology at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., she began a teaching career in Grand Junction at the middle school level. With further interest in exercise science, Terry completed a master's in sports sciences at the University of Denver. Upon completing that degree, Terry became a national facilitator of exercise science for people with disabilities working for Disabled Sports USA.

Achieving a Nursing Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1996, Chase began an 18-year career with Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo. as renowned rehabilitation center for people with traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Terry was the Coordinator of Patient and Family Education, expanding a well-respected educational program know nationwide in the field of rehabilitation. With an interest and passion for the spiritual aspects of health, Chase completed a master's in spiritual psychology with an emphasis in consciousness, health and healing at the University of Santa Monica. She utilizes all her education while teaching students, counseling clients and caring for herself and family members of all ages.

In addition to the higher education degrees achieved over the years, Chase is trained and skilled as a Gestalt psychotherapist and has training in equine-assisted learning and psychotherapy. She hopes to incorporate this work in her classes and program development in the CMU nursing program.

At CMU, Chase's emphasis is in guiding young nurses through the language and caring field when dealing with all aspects mental and emotional health of clients and patients in all levels of healthcare. She engages students with experiential activities that get them up and out of the seats for active learning as well as holding dialogue education principles in high regard throughout classes. Chase believes in "hearing the voices of students more than her own" is the greatest achievement in teaching.

Chase has taught in many and varied educational settings, including the traditional classroom, outdoor education, equine-assisted learning, professional conferences and with catastrophically injured people in the hospital setting. She is a true-believer in the value of dialogue and experiential education as well as the healing power of relationship in all situations.

In her off time, Chase engages in an active and healthy outdoor lifestyle in western Colorado. She is an avid hand cycler, cross-country skier, dog walker and swimmer, and explores other regions through camping and horse-riding.

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Selected Publications

Chase, TM. (January 2018). Blessed Mother Blue Sky. The Phoenix Soul.

Chase, TM. (June 2018). Three White Bellies. Halfway Down the Stairs.

Chase, T. Peer Counseling: A Holistic, Psycho-social Approach, Chapter 47, ISCoS Textbook on Comprehensive Management of Spinal Cord Injuries. Editor: Harvinder Singh Chhabra. Wolters Kluwer (India) Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2015

Chase, TM, Jha A, Brooks CA & Allshouse A. (Accepted for publication 10-2013). A pilot feasibility study of massage to reduce pain in people with spinal cord injury during acute rehabilitation. Spinal Cord.

Chase, TC & Bricker, D. (January, 2010). Paralyzed but not powerless: Patient and family education in the rehabilitation setting. Therapy

Chase, TM. (2009). Power for the Patient in the Rehabilitation Setting. SCI Nursing, 26,(2) pg. 31-21.

Chase, TM. (2007). Development of a Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program in an Acute Rehabilitation Setting. SCI Nursing, 24(1).