Lisa Maher is a Nurse Practitioner for Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, P.C., Waterloo, Iowa and has been in active practice 9 years. She specializes in the treatment of general cardiology, sleep apnea, weight-loss, and risk factor modification. She started the Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Center Sleep Clinic in 2010 and the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in 2011 as a result of her Doctorate project. Lisa received her Bachelors in Science in Wellness in 2003 from Waldorf College and Bachelors in Nursing from Allen College in 2005. She went on to earn her Masters in Science and Nursing in 2008 from Graceland University. In 2011, she obtained her Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Iowa. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the ANCC. She is the current Chapter president of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. In December 2015, she authored the textbook, Care of the Obese in Advanced Practice Nursing: Communication, Assessment and Treatment. This book received the AJN Book of the Year award in 2016.