Claire D’Andrea, RN, CHTP, INC, CCRC has worked fulltime at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, La Jolla, CA for almost 15 years. She has been the Supervisor of Patient Care at the center since 2004 managing a diverse clinical staff of health care professionals including Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, s Dietician, Exercise Physiologists, Biofeedback Therapists, Acupuncturists, Healing Touch Practitioners and a Research Nurse. She has oversight of the clinical operations of the department including healing modalities classes and workshops, cardiac stress imaging studies, the Lifestyle change program, cardiac rehab and Enhanced External Counter Pulsation.
She has over 43 years of nursing experience encompassing Integrative and Holistic Medicine, Intensive Care, Research, Maternal Child Health and Home Health. She has earned certifications as an Integrative Nurse Coach from The International Nurse Coach Association, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner from Healing Beyond Borders, Clinical Research Coordinator from The Association of Clinical Research Professionals and she is HeartMath trained though the HeartMath Institute. She is a member of The International Nurse Coach Association, The Holistic Nurses Association, Healing Beyond Borders, The Association of Clinical Research Professionals and the Preventative Cardiology Nurses Association.
Since 2004 she has volunteered her time to support women living with heart disease for WomenHeart, a non-profit. WomenHeart’s mission is’ to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease, and to advocate for their benefit.’
She has been a champion and spokesperson for WomenHeart, since 2004 and has presented at many community events and for the California Society for Cardiac Rehab, She has been interviewed on local TV and her story was featured in the 2015 Spring Issue of The Ladies Home Journal section on “Be Well”. Each year she leads Stress Management workshops at the WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Claire has been a member of the WomenHeart Board of Directors since 2012 and served as the Secretary of the Board from 2012 to 2015. In 2015 she was elected to be the Vice Chair of the WomenHeart Board of Directors.
Claire’s educational background and years of diverse clinical nursing experience has led to a gratifying career in health care. Believing that health is more than the absence of disease, her passion is helping people explore the many facets of healing and the intricate connection of the mind, body and spirit in achieving a state of well-being and health.