Deborah McElligott, DNP
Integrative Health and Wellness Coach
Deborah McElligott, DNP, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, CDE, is a board certified Adult and Holistic Nurse Practitioner, an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Her nursing career spans 40 years (30 with Northwell) with experience in Cardiac Surgery, Integrative Medicine, Administration and Education. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra –Northwell and Associate Faculty with the International Nurse Coach Association, mentoring both medical students and nurses.
Deborah has practiced in both acute and out-patient settings with her most recent focus on health promotion, wellness and healing. In the past three years, Deborah has collaborated with the Integrative team at the Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine and the many donors who support programs to develop and hold groups, trainings and programs to meet the needs of Northwell employees and the community. These include health and wellbeing education, a focus on comfort management with chronic diseases and expanding the skills of employees who wish to become certified or trained in Integrative Therapies. She facilitates numerous community support groups focused on wellness including the Heart Healthy Living Program and the Diabetes Prevention Program. Deborah works closely with integrative health care teams to focus on whole person wellbeing, risk assessment and the prevention and self-management of cardiac disease, cancer and diabetes.
Deborah has been the primary investigator in nursing research studies involving imagery, massage, and three studies focusing on health promotion and wellness. She has published these studies, papers and book chapters on topics including self-care, reflection, integrative assessment, coaching, reflexology and healing. A frequent speaker in the community, faith -based and professional organizations, she has presented the results of her research both nationally and internationally.
Deborah’s formal education included various outstanding universities. She received her BSN from Hunter –Bellevue, her MA from NYU, her Post Masters NP from SUNY Stonybrook and her DNP from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds certifications in AMMA Massage, Reflexology, Integrative Imagery, Reiki, and as an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist. Long Island has always been her home, and she enjoys living in a beach community with her family.