Meet The CannyNurse® Collaborative

About The CannyNurse® Collaborative

The CannyNurse® Collaborative (CNC) is a group of seasoned professionals who guide CannyNurse® Graduates after they’ve completed the CannyNurse® Certificate Program (CNCP). Read more about each of the founding members below. Along with providing mentorship and coaching for The CannyNurse® Tribe, the CNC Members act as peer reviewers for the CNCP. For more about the OG CannyNurse® Ariana Ayu, RN, MSc, click here.


Co-Instructor, CannyNurse® Certificate Program

Love Hawkins has well over 20 yrs of experience in mentoring/coaching women along life’s journey. She has 17+ yrs in nursing with experience in the pain management setting, labor & delivery, 1st surgical assisting, and providing pre & postoperative care in urological procedures. She has served as a clinical faculty member at a local college for RN students going through their NICU, L&D, and postpartum clinical rotations. She was a Certified Doula when she encountered the profession of the Nurse Midwife, which sparked her journey to becoming one. 

Love holds board certifications as a Nurse Coach, a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Nurse Midwife. She has served in the US Navy and medically retired from the US Air Force, allowing for the pursuit of more of her passions. Her degrees include two AS degrees; Pre-Nursing and Behavioral Science from Georgia Military College, a BSN from Medical College of Georgia, and an MSN and Post Master’s Certificate from Frontier Nursing University. She has also completed two medical cannabis certification courses. She currently serves as Clinical Faculty/Nurse Coach Supervisor and Assistant Instructor for the CannyNurse Certificate Program, all at the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy. 

In addition to providing nurse coach services, she enjoys coaching medical cannabis patients on the endocannabinoid system and the many ways to support it. She finds joy in educating clients on the safe use of medicinal cannabis and seeks to also educate healthcare professionals and her local community on the endocannabinoid system. She has a deep love for assisting anyone towards becoming higher versions of themselves, but an even deeper passion for assisting women in that endeavor and looks forward to “being the change” along with all other nurse coaches!

Between the two of them, Love and her husband Steve have 6 children with ages ranging from 8 to 32 yrs old. She enjoys Northwest FL with her husband and 8yr old daughter. 

Shakira Franklyn, CNM, MPH, MS, NC-BC

Mentor, CannyNurse® Tribe

Shakira Franklyn has leveraged over 26 years of experience and knowledge as a professional registered nurse and global health practitioner to launch Korpo Wellness. Korpo Wellness was launched in 2021 as a health and wellness organization focused on supporting individuals and communities who want to reach their healing and health potential. As the CEO/Founder of Korpo Wellness,

Ms. Franklyn is committed to providing integrative health and wellness coaching and outreach programs to the most vulnerable in our communities. Her vision for Korpo Wellness is to utilize her professional experiences and unique communication skills to guide those who desire to fully engage in their own health and wellness.

Ms. Franklyn, as a graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Nursing, took a special interest in pediatric and community health nursing, which led her to obtaining a Master of Public Health from George Washington University. Shakira’s career in public health laid a solid foundation in health promotion and disease prevention from a population perspective. She was able to spread her global health wings while serving as a field evaluator for international projects in Peru, Bolivia, and Jamaica. In order to fulfill her lifelong dream of “delivering babies,” she focused her education and training on obtaining her Master of Science in Midwifery from Georgetown University. Through challenging work assignments, she has successfully attended over 700 healthy births. She credits her time practicing as a full scope midwife with her ability to see the innate personal power that resides within the human spirit.

As an inspiring global citizen, Shakira started traveling at the early age of three. With a trip to Haiti with her mother, she learned how to communicate and share common experiences. It left her with a lasting imprint of memories that still guide her learning and practice. She would later take her love of travel and cultural exploration to become a Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteer, a special partnership with the Peace Corps and Seed Global Health. Ms. Franklyn served as Visiting Midwifery Faculty in Liberia West Africa for a year. Ms. Franklyn is recognized as a 2016-2017 Fellow in Global Clinical Education for her commitment to health education and mentoring the next generation of healthcare leaders.

“I want to be an example of self-actualization, and with Korpo Wellness help guide and empower those who want healing and wellness to shape their lives.”

Kathy Salmonson, BSN, RN, NC-BC

Mentor, CannyNurse® Tribe

Kathy Salmonson is mostly retired after almost 40 years of nursing at Seattle Children’s Hospital in a variety of positions including clinical specialty care (rehabilitation, rheumatology, urology),  and research. She worked in Regional Care Coordination encompassing a four state region including management of a multilingual, multicultural Patient Navigation Program. Her special interests include cross cultural issues in health care, such as diversity, equity and inclusion. She was a telemedicine pioneer and international nurse volunteer.

She is a Board Certified Integrative Nurse Coach who continues to explore and honor the diverse paths to wholeness and healing.

Kathy is a Cohort 1 CannyNurse® Graduate and currently works at a Tribal Cannabis dispensary providing educational consultations. She was previously the Wellness Nurse Care Manager at the Tribe’s Primary Care clinic.

She is a student of sacred sound and sacred plant medicine, including microdosing and sitting for peer-supported medicine journeys. Kathy is currently a co-facilitator in local university research trial for psilocybin assisted therapy for metastatic cancer patients in group retreat setting.

Kathy has been involved in her local psychedelic society since 2021 and has participated in other professional organizations throughout her career including the Integrative Nurse Coach Association, The Cross Cultural Health Care Program, Healing Touch, and Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat Center.

She is grateful to find home in Port Townsend, WA with her husband and two dogs. She has a love for learning, travel, gardening, wildcrafting and volunteerism.

Behind the Scenes

David Robb, BSc (Hons), CTO

Business Strategy and Technology

A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, David Robb has been a co-strategist and technology officer for CannyNurse® since its inception.

David graduated with his Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Software Technology from Edinburgh Napier University. Beyond technology, his background includes entrepreneurship, small business management, and business strategy.

After living in the United States for ten years, he’s happy to be back in Scotland on the Isle of Lewis with his lovely wife (the OG CannyNurse® herself) and their son.

Peter Klein

Business Operations

Peter, Ariana, and David have been a powerhouse collaborative team since 2012. We’re thrilled to have him on Team CannyNurse®!