Rynders has been a nurse for more than 15 years and currently works at Rose Medical Center and Denver Health.
She has a BSN in nursing, a BA in Spanish, and a MFA in dance with a specialization in movement and somatic practices. She is also certified advanced grief recovery specialist.
In addition to her educational and professional experience, Rynders spent many years taking care of ill and dying family members and nearly died herself when her fallopian tube burst due to an ectopic pregnancy. During her experience as a patient, alongside her experiences caring for family, Rynders realized the significant role nurses have in caring for their patients and the importance of processing grief.
Rynders’ innovative work effectively combines the arts with science, which has been recognized by numerous grant and scholarship awards. Notably, she has been awarded grants to pursue her vision for nursing research and arts-based resiliency workshops through A Blade of Grass Fellowship, and multiple grants through the Arts in Society, Reimagine Denver 2020, and Colorado Creative Industries.
Her melding of art with nursing and science also was recognized through the highest level of nursing recognition in Colorado when she was given the Nightingale Luminary Award in 2019.
In addition to her work with healthcare providers, Rynders is available for one-on-one and group workshops on grief recovery for individuals dealing with loss. She also is available as a speaker and resource on the impact of compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary traumatic stress among healthcare workers and the capacity for art to process that impact.