Nurse Practitioner, Provider

Joyce Ferrone is a nurse practitioner provider at BHC. She completed a BS in nursing at the University of Utah, College of Nursing and an MS in family nursing practice. Ferrone is a licensed advanced practice clinician and specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and research related to  ME/CFS, FM and related comorbidities. She also specializes in managing diabetes.

Ferrone followed family examples into the health care profession after raising her family. Enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Utah College of Nursing put her in proximity with the renowned Primary Children’s Medical Center where she began practicing as a staff nurse following her graduation as a family nurse practitioner. Patient centered care modeled there became central to her professional code and she found physician mentors with model practices in the following years when she worked for Dr. Lucinda Bateman, an internist and ME/CFS, FM specialist, and Dr. Robert Burr, an endocrinologist. Ferrone rejoined the BHC staff to work with ME/CFS and FM patients and to renew her affiliation with Dr. Bateman. She continues to serve patients with diabetes as well.

Education and Training

Institution and Location Degree Completion  Field of Study
University of Utah, College of Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah

University of Utah, Salt Lake City









Family Nurse Practitioner


Personal Statement

Medicine was in my blood from birth.  My father was a physician as were several other relatives.  I was slow in realizing that dream, obtaining my bachelor and master’s degrees in nursing when I was in my 40s.  I worked for 2 years at Primary Children’s Hospital.  That was where I really realized how important it was for me to work in an environment where my employer shared my philosophy about patient care.  The motto there was “the child first and always”.  This saying guided me as I progressed through my career, always choosing the physician I worked with as carefully as the job itself.

I was working with a wonderful neurologist when I attended a seminar where Dr. Bateman was speaking.  I listened to her words, more about her mindset, than about how to treat patients with ME/CFS and FM. I knew then that I had to work with her.  Since then I have worked with her off and on for several years, interrupted for six years working in a diabetes specialty clinic with another amazing physician, Dr. Burr.  Dr. Bateman brings focus on the patient to a whole new level.  I continue to learn from her and from each unique patient and their stories.  I have been so deeply touched by the impact these illnesses cause and I feel so lucky to work with an amazing physician in a time when I believe we are on the cusp of bringing ME/CFS and FM from the darkness and into the light.

Positions and Honors

2016-PR Nurse Practitioner, Bateman Horne Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
2008-2016 Nurse Practitioner, Wasatch Endocrinology & Diabetes Specialists, Murray, Utah
2006-2008 Nurse Practitioner, Fatigue Consultation Clinic Salt Lake City,  Utah
2001-2006 Nurse Practitioner, Neurology Associates, Salt Lake City, Utah
1998-2000 Staff Nurse, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Infant Unit, Salt Lake City, Utah
1997 Outstanding Baccalaureate Student in Clinic Nursing Practice, College of Nursing, University of Utah, University of Utah Deans List


Research Experience

2016-PR Bateman Horne Center,

Sub-Investigations for:

  • Tonix TNX-CY-F304
  • Tonix TNX F306
  • NOH, Protocol NOH 402/16306A, Restore NOH
  • IRB # 17-JGM-13, JAX NIH Longitudinal Study
  • TV48125-PN-20028, TEVA Trial
  • ME-101p, IN Time Cortene
  • Columbia Study- Center for Solutions for ME/CFS
2008-2016 Wasatch Endocrinology & Diabetes Specialists Murray, Utah

Sub-Investigations for: focus clinical trials for GLP-1 candidate, modified insulin for Type I & II, SGLT-2 candidates, and cardiovascular risk trials in diabetes.

2008 Fatigue Consultation Clinic Salt Lake City, Utah

Sub-Investigations for:

  • Forest Research Institute, Phase Ill chronic constipation trial Forest Research Institute, Phase 111 IBS trial
  • Forest Research Institute, Phase Ill metabolic syndrome and hypertension trial Forest Research Institute, Phase Ill fibromyalgia trial
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Phase Ill fibromyalgia trial Forest/Cypress, Phase Ill fibromyalgia trial
  • Forest Research Institute, Phase Ill fibromyalgia trial Jazz, Phase Ill fibromyalgia trial
  • Eli Lilly Inc. Observational fibromyalgia trial NIH Funded Observational fibromyalgia study
  • Hemispherx Biopharma Cost-Recovery Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Trial


Professional Organizations

        • Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nursing American Nurses Association
        • Utah Nurses Association
        • University of Utah, College of Nursing, Past Alumni Board American Diabetes Association
        • American Association of Diabetes Educator
    • Certifications and Licensure

          • State of Utah APRN License
          • State of Utah APRN Controlled Substances License
          • DEA midlevel nurse practitioner-controlled substance registration
          • American Nurses Credentialing Center, Family Nurse Practitioner certification, valid through July 31, 2016
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