Clinician Spotlight: Elizabeth Jeanson PT, DPT, CNT, DCS, NTMTC

Dandle•LION is proud to partner with expert clinicians to provide the best available education and evidence-based care strategies. This month, we are excited to introduce you to Dr. Elizabeth Jeanson PT, DPT, CNT,  DCS, NTMTC. Elizabeth is the Developmental Specialist and Neonatal Therapist in Neonatal Intensive Care at Sanford Children’s Hospital/USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota!

In her role as the developmental specialist, Elizabeth has the opportunity to implement developmental care protocols and practices for the unit and complete yearly developmental care quality improvement projects. In her role as a neonatal therapist Elizabeth is involved in direct patient care, family support, and education at the bedside. 

Over the past 22 years, both Sanford Children’s Hospital and DuPont Hospital for Children have benefited from Elizabeth’s expertise and passion. Elizabeth completed NIDCAP training and Infant Behavioral Assessment certification. She is NeoNatal Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS) and Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapy (NTMTC) certified, as well as being a certified neonatal therapist (CNT). 

As a firm believer in sharing information and experiences, Elizabeth has presented nationally on topics including sensory development, positioning, nonpharmacologic pain management, change management, quality improvement, and Infant Driven Feeding™ Implementation. She is a NANT, Neonatal Touch and Massage, and Dr. Brown’s Medical lecturer. 

Elizabeth has published two articles in peer-reviewed journals: One to One Bedside Nurse Education as a Means to Improve Positioning Consistency in 2013 and Applying the Four Disciplines of Execution to Promote Culture Change in the NICU in 2020. Currently, Elizabeth is formulating a change process mentoring system and working towards creative integration of trauma-informed care into the daily interactions with infants and families in the NICU.