About Us

LCME Accreditation, Life Coaching, Event Speaking

Christner Strategies was founded to help both individuals and academic programs achieve their mission.

LCME Accreditation: All our experts have extensive expertise as leaders who have been personally responsible for and successful at accreditation.  And – we doubt you’ll find anyone with more LCME experience than our CEO who led 2 schools off of LCME probation and has served on the LCME committee.  If you need help with LCME accreditation, please contact us.

Executive/Life Coaching: We offer individual coaching and also Coaching Masterclasses. These programs, ever evolving, help individuals be successful in their personal and professional lives – by changing their thinking – one line at a time! Learn more about what that means by contacting us for more information or to get started with 1:1 coaching. Don’t hesitate – it’s extremely powerful how it can transform your life! It sure transformed our CEO’s!
Contact us today to learn more.

Team Building/Event Speaking: Our CEO is known for giving presentations that engage her audiences. She has been invited for numerous speaking engagements nationally and internationally on a variety of medical education topics, using impov techniques to enhance communication, and motivational forward-thinking topics. She has an ability to read the room and change her material and focus as is needed for the particular audience!  To book her contact us today.


Meet Our CEO

Dr. Christner received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and her medical degree from the University of Toledo.  She completed her pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Michigan. Early in her career she was selected to become a National Faculty Development Scholar by the Academic Pediatric Association and completed advanced training in teaching and educational methods. She has since completed two additional training programs in Medical Education as well as a Certification in Research.

Dr. Christner has served in numerous education leadership roles in her over 20 years in medical education. These roles have spanned the UME-GME-CME continuum and include: Associate Director of the Pediatric Residency Program, Associate Division Chief of General Academic Pediatrics, Director of Medical Education for the Department of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Longitudinal Learning and Assessment, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Interim DIO of one of the largest GME programs in the country and Dean of a medical school.  She is an expert in all accreditation – LCME, ACGME/CLER and Regional Education and served on the LCME committee. She has successfully helped 2 medical schools come off LCME probation.  Dr. Christner currently serves as the Dean of the School of Medicine at a large academic institution located in Texas.

Dr. Christner is a successful educator, researcher and leader. Her research interests focus on medical education and she has been the recipient of several medical education grants that have focused both on faculty development and novel curricula/assessment strategies.   She has published widely in medical education. Dr. Christner has held a variety of national education leadership positions with organizations such as the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, the Alliance for Clinical Education and the American Association of Medical Colleges. She is also the recipient of several teaching awards.


Senior Associate

Lisa Phelan has over 20 years of experience in accreditation with a particular specialty in LCME and Higher Education Accreditation. She currently serves as Director of Accreditation and Compliance for a health sciences university located in the northeast, a position that was created for her to help a program come off LCME probation.  She is a highly capable project manager who has been responsible for managing all accreditation activities at her institution. She also proactively plans, communicates, monitors, and evaluates actions to comply with existing and new regulations, standards and other accreditation requirements.

Lisa’s organizational and process skills for managing accreditation are just some of the reasons why she has won both the President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service AND the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Professional Service at her institution. She is indeed the utmost professional and cares about everyone involved in a project. Her kind heart and ability to laugh and have fun in any situation really helps relieve some of the natural stress associated with accreditation.