Diane is a Doctorally prepared board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner through both the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She was born and raised in Columbia, TN but has lived in Jackson since 1977. Her medical career began in 1974. She obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing from Columbia State Community College, her BSN from Memphis State University, her MSN in Nursing Administration from UTHSC, her Post-Master’s FNP Certificate from Belmont University, and her DNP from Oakland University.
Dr. Butler is a full time Clinical Professor for the FNP program at the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing and is also a Legal Nurse Consultant. She is a recipient of The Daisy Faculty Teaching Award. Diane is an active member of several nursing associations and has authored a chapter in a nursing pathophysiology book. Additionally, she serves as a manuscript reviewer for several nursing journals.
Dr. Butler has worked at different primary care clinics in West Tennessee including Martin, Trezevant, Jackson, and Henderson. She also volunteers for Remote Area Medical when they hold free clinics in West Tennessee. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner in 1995, Diane was a certified critical care nurse (CCRN) working in staff, education, and administrative positions in a variety of adult critical care departments in hospitals in Jackson, Franklin, and Columbia, TN.
Diane lives in Jackson with her husband, Buddy. Their son, Brad, is a veterinarian and resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She enjoys her personal pets (Fridee, July, Weather, Shiloh, Smudge, & Trap), gardening, music, reading, and movies. She is a member of Love & Truth Church in Jackson.
Dr. Butler’s philosophy for providing primary care is that she sees herself as her patients’ partner in health care working together to maintain and/or restore health.