Kathryn Niemeyer PhD, MSN, MSc, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor

Office: VFS 319
Ph: 231.591.2298
Email: niemeyk@ferris.edu


BA- Psychology, Calvin College

RN- Mercy Central School of Nursing

MSN- Grand Valley State University

Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Grand Valley State University

MSc-Herbal Medicine, University of East London

PhD- Nursing, University of Arizona

Areas of Teaching / Academic Specialty Research / Scholarship


Graduate and undergraduate nursing theory courses.


Niemeyer, K., Bell, I., & Koithan, M. (2013). Traditional knowledge of Western herbal medicine and complex systems science, Journal of Herbal Medicine. 3. 112-119

Howerter, A., Hollenstein, T., Boon, H., Niemeyer, K., & Brule, D. (2012). State-space grid analysis: Applications for clinical whole systems complementary and alternative medicine research, Forschende Komplementarmedizin. 19(suppl.1). 30-35.

Koithan, M., Bell, I., Niemeyer, K., & Pincus, D. (2012). A complex systems science perspective for whole systems of CAM research, Forschende Komplememtarmedizin. 19(suppl.1). 7-14.

Koithan, M., Niemeyer, K. (2010). Using herbal remedies to maintain optimal weight, Journal of Nurse Practitioner. 6(2). 153-154.

Niemeyer, (2001).  Common Herbal Therapies and Appendix-Common Supportive Herbsin J. Nagelkerk, DiagnosticReasoning: Case Analysis in Primary Care Practice.Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co.



Western herbal medicine at the intersection of Science and tradition: Documenting the practice of herbal medicine. American Herbalists Guild Annual Symposium, Bend, Oregon

The Process of Personalizing Western Herbal Medicine: A Research Based Model of Herbal Medicine Formulation. American Herbalists Guild Annual Symposium, Bend, Oregon


Western Herbal Medicine: A Nonlinear Dynamical System of Medicine. Western Institute of Nursing Research, Las Vegas, Nevada. (Poster)


Building Inner Strength: Nutrition and Herbal Medicine for Immune Support. Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners 9th Annual Conference (1.5 CEU), Grand Rapids, MI

Building Inner Strength: Nutrition and Herbal Medicine for Immune Support. Great           Lakes Cancer Nursing Conference (1 CEU), Troy, MI


The use of Urtica dioica semen with chronic renal failure-American Herbalist Guild Annual Symposium, Boulder CO. (Poster)


“Personalizing Western herbal medicine: Weaving a Tapestry of Right Relationships, a Grounded Theory Study.” University of Arizona, College of Nursing.

“The use of Urtica dioica semen in chronic renal failure including a review of the literature on Urtica dioica and an analysis of the mineral content on three samples of Urtica dioica semen.” University of East London.

“Locus of Control and Coping Strategies of Clients Following an Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Descriptive Correlational Study.” Grand Valley State University.

Clinical Practice

Adult Complementary and Alternative Medicine: nutrition and herbal medicine.

Professional Memberships & Activities

National League of Nursing (NLN)

American Herbalist Guild

Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners


2009-2012: NIH NCCAM T-32 Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship. University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Training Program.

2013: Outstanding Dissertation. University of Arizona, College of Nursing.