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Specialty area(s)

Medical Dosimetry, Radiation Oncology, Distance Learning, Educational Technology

Brief biography

Professional Career: most of my professional career has been working in the field of Radiation Oncology.
Teaching Career: most of my teaching experience has been working with adult learners in didactic and clinical environments as well as in the face-to-face and online learning environments.

Current position at UW-L: I am the Director of the Online Medical Dosimetry Program at UW-La Crosse in the College of Science and Health – Health Professions Department. I developed the first online program at UW-L in 2003-04. I am responsible for the administrative aspect of the program as well as teaching part of the online program curriculum.

Expert Distance Educator: I have been an online learner since the mid-90’s and an online instructor since 2003, therefore I have a special interest in distance learning and educational technology and consider myself an expert in online learning. My master's and doctoral work were in distance learning.
**The best part of teaching online is sharing experiences with people all over the country and having the most diverse group of students possible.

Personal: I am married with two grown children and two dogs that keep me entertained. I enjoy cardmaking, crafts, sublimation, and genealogy.

Current courses at UWL

Fall Semester
DOS 513 Cross-sectional Anatomy
DOS 514 Physics (assist)
DOS 515 Computers & Networking (assist)
DOS 518 Professional Issues in Medical Dosimetry (assist)
DOS 750 Professional e-Portfolio
DOS 751 Research Methods in Medical Dosimetry III (research advisor)
DOS 783 CMD Seminar III

Spring Semester
DOS 711 Research Methods in Medical Dosimetry I (research advisor)
DOS 522 Dose Calculations (assist)
DOS 750 Professional e-Portfolio
DOS 781 CMD Seminar I

Summer Semester
DOS 751 Research Methods in Medical Dosimetry II (research advisor)
DOS 741 Protocols & Studies in Radiation Oncology (assist)
DOS 525 Brachytherapy (assist)
DOS 782 CMD Seminar II

Education

Northcentral University, Prescott Valley AZ
Doctorate of Philosophy in Education; Specialization: Educational Technology & E-Learning (2017)
Dissertation: Student Perceptions of Asynchronous Multimodal Instructor Feedback: A Multiple Case Study

University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonie WI
Master of Science Degree in Education (2007)
Certificate: E-Learning & Online Teaching (2008)

University of St. Francis, Joliet IL
Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Arts (1999)

Aultman Hospital School of Radiation Therapy, Canton OH
Diploma/Registered Radiation Therapist (1991)

University of Akron/Akron City Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, Akron OH
Diploma/Registered Radiologic Technologist (1990)

Certifications/Licensures
E-learning & Online Teaching, 2008
Certified Medical Dosimetrist, 1995 (#1475246)
Registered Radiation Therapist, 1991 (#239154)
Registered Radiographer, 1990 (#239154)

Research and publishing

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Lenards N. A Quantitative Comparative Study of Medical Dosimetry Graduates With and Without Prior Radiation Therapy Certification. Med Dosim. 2020; In Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2020.05.005

Deiter N, Chu F, Lenards N, Hunzeker A, Lang K, Mundy D. Evaluation of Replanning in Intensity-Modulated Proton Therapy for Oropharyngeal Cancer: Factors Influencing Plan Robustness. Med Dosim. 2020; In Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2020.06.002

Eskens M, Nguyen H, Deere W, Lenards N, Hunzeker A, Tobler M. A Retrospective Evaluation of Mixed Energy Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy for Anal Cancers with Lymph Node Involvement. Med Dosim. 2020, In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2020.04.002 

Keil J, Carda J, Reihart J, Seidel M, Lenards N, Hunzeker A. A dosimetric study using split x-jaw planning technique for the treatment of endometrial carcinoma. Med Dosim. 2020; 45(3):278-283. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2020.02.001   

Lang K, Loritz B, Schwartz A, Hunzeker A, Lenards N, Culp L, Finley R, Corbin K. Dosimetric comparison between volumetric-modulated arc therapy and field-in-field technique for postmastectomy chest wall and regional lymph node irradiation.  Med Dosim. 2019;45(2):121-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2019.08.001

Gustafson N, Burrier T, Butler B, Hunzeker A, Lenards N, Culp L. Correlation of hot spot to breast separation in patients treated with postlumpectomy tangent 3D-CRT using field-in-field technique and mixed photon energies. Med Dosim. 2019; 45(2):134-139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2019.08.004

Stauch Z, Zoller W, Tedrick A, Walston S, Christ D, Hunzeker A, Lenards N, Culp L, Gamez M, Blakaj D. An evaluation of adaptive planning by assessing the dosimetric impact of weight loss throughout the course of radiotherapy in bilateral treatment of head and neck cancer patients. Med Dosim. 2019; 45(1):52-59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2019.05.003

Rice A, Zoller I, Kocos K, Weller D, DiCostanzo D, Hunzeker A, Lenards N. The implementation of RapidPlan in predicting deep inspiration breath-hold candidates with left-sided breast cancer. Med Dosim. 2019;44(3):210-218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2018.06.007

Kudos

published

Nishele Lenards, Health Professions, co-authored the article "Evaluation of replanning in intensity-modulated proton therapy for oropharyngeal cancer: Factors influencing plan robustness" in the Medical Dosimetry journal published on July 10 by Elsevier.

Submitted on: Nov. 2

 

published

Nishele Lenards, Health Professions, co-authored the article "A retrospective evaluation of mixed energy volumetric modulated arc therapy for anal cancers with lymph node involvement" in the Medical Dosimetry journal published on June 7 by Elsevier.

Submitted on: Nov. 2

 

published

Nishele Lenards, Health Professions, authored the article "A quantitative comparative study of medical dosimetry graduates with and without prior radiation therapy certification" in the Medical Dosimetry journal published on July 10 by Elsevier. This research has also been presented at two national conferences this year.

Submitted on: Nov. 2

 

presented

Nishele Lenards, Health Professions, presented "A Comparison Study of Medical Dosimetry Graduates With and Without Radiation Therapy Certification" at the Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators Annual Meeting on Oct. 27 in a virtual format. Due to COVID-19, this was the organization's first annual meeting held virtually.

Submitted on: Oct. 28

 

presented

Nishele Lenards, Health Professions, presented "A Comparison Study of RTT vs non-RTT Medical Dosimetry Graduates - An Update" at the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) 45th Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 9. This was the 1st virtual conference hosted by the organization due to COVID-19. The meeting provided 5 days of continuing education for medical dosimetrists and students including poster sessions, live and recorded sessions, a networking lounge and an exhibit hall.

Submitted on: July 9