Natacha is a faculty member in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Illinois College of Nursing. Dr. Pierre currently practices as a family nurse practitioner with Advocate Medical Group and manages the care of patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Dr. Pierre has spoken locally and nationally on her innovative methods to foster academic excellence and increase access for all students. Dr. Pierre has been an advocate for recruiting students with disabilities into the nursing profession.Dr. Pierre's use of the Universal Design for Learning framework challenges traditional teaching methods in the health sciences. Her work has earned her the 2015 Illinois Nurse Educator Award for excellence in teaching and the 2015 University of Illinois DAISY Faculty Award. Dr. Pierre is currently a Health Policy Fellow with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2016-2017).