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The NewRN team was initially made up of a variety of nurses from all areas of healthcare. As we expanded, we attracted other like-minded medical professionals to our team. Although the majority of our membership is made up of nurses, we continue to welcome other like-minded health and medical professionals.  We are a diverse group of leaders who have come together to share our skills and talents as we make a difference in our own lives and others in the world around us.

We are passionate in our desire to work, live, learn and give - all in a balanced llife.

Here are just a few of the members of our NewRN team:

Our Team

Lisa Houg-Brellenthin
Loveland, OH

Registered Nurse

Lisa was born in Minnetonka, Minnesota and graduated from St. Mary's Nursing School in Minneapolis, MN. She retired from clinical nursing to build a successful home based business in 2001. She’s been married to Brian for 20 years and has 2 Children: David - 17, Ashley – 14. She is currently enrolled in the International Institute of Clinical Nutrition Certification Course. Lisa says, "As a nurse, I love helping people! This business allows me to continue to educate others on health, wellness, supplementation and healthy lifestyle. Working from home gives me the time freedom to spend with my family, volunteer at school and serve the community weekly by delivering meals on wheels to the elderly. Now I can have it my way!"

Peter Rugg, MD
Worcester, MA

Physician / Wellness Entrepreneur / USANA Medical Advisory Board

Peter Rugg, MD, is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Over the past 9 years he has focused on Nutritional Medicine especially as it relates to athletes.  He works with local and world class athletes to improve conditioning, performance and endurance. A Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Rugg is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at U Mass Medical School. With over 20 years of medical experience, including a 6-year stint as Flight Physician on the Life Flight Med-Evac Helicopter, Dr. Rugg combats degenerative disease every day in his practice. He is passionate regarding optimal nutrition and lifestyle enhancement, and lectures on the connection between nutrition and prevention of degenerative diseases. He is the past Chair of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of Quality at UMass-Memorial HealthAlliance.  Dr Rugg is currently a member of USANA’s Medical Advisory Board.

Patty Abraham
San Diego, CA

Registered Nurse

After graduating from Nurses Training from the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, Patty focused on maternal-child health education and women's wellness. While developing her career, she placed primary interest on the well-being of her own family and three children. As her children left for college, Patty and her husband considered a number of entrepreneurial projects but focused on a home-based business to allow more personal and professional freedom. After nine years of developing a cooperative team model for others to achieve their maximum personal potential, she has realized life-long goals. Learning to strive for balance in her life has been an invaluable challenge. In addition, it has allowed her the personal time to commit to her family of three adult children and six grandchildren. Leaving a positive legacy for those to follow is a personal passion. "I truly see the NewRN team and USANA opportunity as an avenue for others to discover their own 'perfect path' toward achieving true health, happiness and financial success."

Karen Scibinico
Boxborough, MA

Yoga Instructor/Educator

Karen Scibinico has a Masters degree in Educational Administration and served as a Dean and Director of the Center for Executive and Professional Education at Bentley College. Previously, she was a teacher and executive trainer. To achieve her goal of helping people find a healthier lifestyle, Karen left Bentley to become a certified yoga instructor and opened The Circle of Stones Yoga Studio. A year later, she and husband Ted started their Life's Balance business. "Joining USANA and the NewRN team has inspired me because of the quality and diversity of the people who are committed to changing lives for the better through work/life balance." She has a BA in English/Secondary Education from Simmons College and a MEd in Educational Administration from Boston College.

Cynthia (Cyndie) Patterson, H.H.P.
San Diego County, CA 

Holistic Health Practioner

As a graduate of Somatic Therapy, her experience spans a 28 year practice of effective work in deep tissue therapy, sports massage, shiatsu, reflexology, treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and neuromuscular re-education.  Cynthia co-established the former Massage Training Institute and the current Acupuncture-Massage Center of Encinitas, CA.  She also was a practicing therapist for the 1984 Olympics and served as the Business Administrator for the former Sports Massage Training Institute of Encinitas, CA.

"By being in the forefront of my industry I have used and have been approached to sell many leading health products over the years.  After researching to find a pharmaceutical grade nutritional and becoming a satisfied consumer I now enjoy the earning potential offered by USANA Health Sciences.  As an independent associate I am proud to represent such a forward thinking movement."

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