Lauren Arce, MSN, RN, CNL, OCN, AHN-BC, Nurse Coordinator

As a UF student Lauren studied psychology, but a lifelong love of dance brought her to UF Health Arts in Medicine. There she discovered how the arts could bridge the gap between what is medically and spiritually needed in times of illness. In 1999 she began working for AIM as an Artist in Residence/Coordinator. She completed the UF Center for Arts in Medicine Dance in Healthcare Certificate and went on to become a registered nurse, using her dual education to help form a unique employment model. In this role she practiced nursing as an improvisational art, intuitively applying creative solutions in situations where standard approaches did not apply. With the onset of the UF Health Integrative Medicine Program, Lauren’s nursing practice has expanded. She now serves as a clinical resource for Integrative Medicine practitioners and coordinates services that support the wellbeing of patients, their families, hospital staff, and the general public.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys taking pictures, cooking, engaging in physical activities, spending time in nature, and most of all sharing love with her family, including her four – yes four – rescued pups.