About Us

About Us

Rhonda Jolliffe MSN, FNP-BC, DNPs, CTNC

Wife, Mother, Nurse Practitioner, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Clinical Instructor, Nurse Entrepreneur.

I have been an RN since 1986 and Nurse Practitioner since 1997. I began my nursing career as a staff nurse and nurse educator in the Intensive Care Unit, then moved to Trauma Coordinator and Nurse Manager in Emergency and Trauma. In the eleven years as a registered nurse I served as a staff nurse, nurse educator and nurse manager. I graduated with my Nurse Practitioner degree in 1997 and after 3 years in a Primary Care Clinic, I opened the first Nurse Practitioner-owned private practice clinic in North Dakota, with a focus on integrative and preventative health. I transitioned to the study of Functional Medicine and that is the basis for my practice today.

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease. It uses an evidenced based, systems-oriented approach. This approach engages both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine. It addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century that the public is demanding, and in my eyes, is the BEST MEDICINE.

Today, Functional Medicine is the foundation of my practice at Lifeways Clinic. I have treated thousands of menopausal women in the past 21 years and it is my passion to help support them through this inevitable transition in their lives. I recently launched a website, RhondaNP.com to provide information in this process. I also teach for the University of North Dakota, Nurse Practitioner Program as I have a passion to share my expertise and knowledge to those entering the profession. I am presently in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Mary.

Cheryl Rising, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, DNPs

Cheryl Rising, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, DNPs

I have been an RN since 1977 and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) since 1996. I am one of 3 NPs in ND that helped develop the North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association (NDNPA). I work with Dakota Eye Institute completing pre-op history and physical exams, DOT exams, employee exams, and promoting health and wellness. I own two business, one working with geriatric clients in assisted living and one unfranchised business owner Health and Wellness by Cheryl. My passion is promoting wellness and life style changes to promote healthy living. Through my career, I have seen how healthy choices help individuals live a healthy life and healthy living promotes quality of life. Unhealthy life choices lead to a life of illness and lack of quality and enjoyment. I am devoted to helping bring information to individuals to assist them in making good choices to live a healthy lifestyle.

I teach a class on preceptorship at the University of Mary and am working on my Doctorate Nursing Practice degree at the University of Mary.

Theory of Mastery

We need to make changes and then reestablish a steady state with our body. We alter the threats we can alter and accept the things we cannot control. Mastery may be an outcome.

Kanter's Theory of Innovative Change:
We must develop innovative ways to reach and get information to individuals to improve health care. New systems must be created, this website is one way to reach individuals and educate on obesity and menopause.

IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO PURSUE AGGRESSIVE LIFE STYLE MANAGEMENT TO DECREASE WEIGHT TO NORMAL