Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

Over 20 years ago, Dr. Nina left her native community of Englewood (Chicago) as a first-generation college student. She had no money and no solid plan, but she did have lofty ambitions of changing people’s lives in healthy ways.

Solely motivated by her own ambitions, she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology and Movement Science, and simultaneously completed a Clinical Massage Therapy Sciences diploma program. She also earned professional certifications in exercise physiology and group exercise after which she launched her first health and wellness coaching and consulting company.

This was the point at which she began to design her own personalized system to support healthy living and self-care behaviors among people with various goals ranging from weight loss to chronic disease management.

Professional Summary

Dr. Nina is a highly sought after and respected consultant, speaker and writer in the realms of prevention and self-care. Drawing from applied research, professional experiences, and an extensive background in exercise physiology, nutrition, health promotion, wellness and rehabilitation, she specializes in developing tailored solutions and implementation strategies to improve self-care behaviors and health outcomes.

She advises most on matters related to consumer and patient engagement, satisfaction and retention including the personalization of health services and digital solutions involving telemedicine and telehealth, mobile health, wearables, remote monitoring, and application software. As a thought leader, her insights have been published in over two dozen scholarly manuscripts and nearly 900 mainstream articles across multiple media outlets.

Dr. Nina has worked with individuals and teams across a wide range of organizations including academic institutions, hospitals and health systems, technology companies, consulting firms and community organizations. She also delivers high-touch, hands-on coaching, mentoring, education and training services to individuals, teams, groups and professionals within the workforces of nonprofits and for-profit organizations.

Brief Resume


University of Illinois Chicago

PhD in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation

With translational research concentrations in integrative physiology and vascular biology, Dr. Nina largely examined the physical and physiological impacts of various lifestyle interventions (diet, exercise, and manual therapy) on cardiovascular disease, stroke, and metabolic disease-related risk factors among sedentary, overweight and obese populations.

University of Illinois Chicago

MS in Movement Science

With rigorous concentrations in clinical and applied exercise physiology, the bulk of Dr. Nina’s initial graduate training was centered on exercise prescription and programming for individuals with chronic illnesses (cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and neuromuscular diseases and disabilities) in addition to athletic and non-athletic populations.

The Soma Institute

Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy

With specific areas of focus in pain management and physical rehabilitation, Dr. Nina’s training was primarily centered on the assessment and treatment of soft tissue injury and dysfunction using specialized techniques ranging from deep tissue massage to neuromuscular therapy to trigger point work.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

BS in Kinesiology

With areas of specialization in exercise physiology and sports nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention, Dr. Nina’s undergraduate studies were largely focused on physiological mechanisms by which physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors prevent disease and positively influence health outcomes.


American College of Sports Medicine

Exercise Physiology

American College of Sports Medicine

Group Exercise

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Clinical Massage Therapy

Career Highlights

Workplace Wellness

Dr. Nina has recently begun establishing multiple continuing education paradigms in prevention and self-care, primarily aimed at business leaders, health professionals, and employees in various workforce sectors. These paradigms largely focus on tools and practical strategies for healthy eating, exercise training and stress management for personal health optimization and career longevity.

Health Promotion

During her stint as a research faculty member at the University of Illinois Chicago, Dr. Nina conceptualized and established the post-baccalaureate certificate in Technology-Based Health Communication and Promotion, a program focused on preparing health professionals for successful industry and research specialties in digital health communication and strategic social marketing.

Public Health Policy

Recognized as a leading expert in preventive healthcare, Dr. Nina participated in a collaborative writing project for which she co-authored a pioneering policy statement addressing the need for more strategic healthy lifestyle initiatives to combat the global chronic disease epidemic. This statement was jointly published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings and European Heart Journal.

Health Technology

Highly regarded for her extensive knowledge and expertise in the health technology and chronic disease arenas, Dr. Nina served as both editor and leader author for a special 12-volume issue of Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, which was solely focused on the use of innovative technologies for healthy lifestyle promotion and cardiovascular disease prevention and control.

Translational Research

Combining her expertise in the domains of exercise science and manual therapy, Dr. Nina led the ideation and execution of a pioneering study investigating the circulatory effects of massage therapy on muscle injury. Her initial findings were published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and syndicated to over 50 top national and international media outlets.

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