Dr. Ryan and Pastor Amy Nutt are joining forces again that will apply Dr. Ryan’s research in Human Systems Dynamics to promoting a kinder and gentler approach to church leadership, growth, and development. Dr. Ryan began this work in 2008 when she envisioned a church that would feel inclusive for everyone. Pastor Nutt shared this gentle vision and has been bringing it to life at White Oak United Methodist Church. Stepping out of the box of most traditional churches, WOUMC offers office space to other local community organizations that focus services on victim recovery from stress-based emotional patterns that can be seen in all of us. Family Justice Center, Second Life, Youth for Christ, and Grief Recovery all have offices within her church walls. The church partners with these organizations, supporting their missions and efforts. Dr. Ryan is insuring that HSOT will be the first health care practice within the walls of WOUMC that will continue to share Pastor Amy’s gentle vision.
Dr. Janice Ryan and Pastor Amy Nutt continue a long-standing community partnership that began in 2005. This is when Dr. Ryan was awarded funds from the United Methodist Church Holston Conference Foundation’s Margaret Loving Trust to develop a dementia care program that eventually evolved into an Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence in Collegedale, Tenn. In addition to establishing and providing training services for caregivers, Dr. Ryan designed meaningful environments to facilitate positive resident memories, promote self-in-space awareness, and reduce falls.