Meet the Staff

Cara Berg Raunick, DNP, SANE-A

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Consultant


Cara Berg Raunick is a women’s health nurse practitioner and certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE-A). She has been involved in violence prevention and support of survivors since her time as an undergraduate student at Indiana University (IU) where she worked as a crisis line volunteer, on-scene advocate, and peer educator. Her anti-violence work was recognized through the 2006 Phyllis R Klotman Personal Safety Achievement Award at IU and nationally with the 2011 American College Health Association’s Lewis Barbato Award for Outstanding Student Service. Dr. Berg Raunick’s nursing career began in obstetrics and quickly expanded when she joined the Cleveland Clinic’s Forensic Nursing Service. Her team provided full scope forensic nursing care, working with those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse and neglect, gunshots, stabbing, dog bites, and more. She has been a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) since 2011. As a nurse practitioner, Dr. Berg Raunick has worked in family planning and women’s health with a focus on female sexual medicine, vulvovaginal disease, and urogynecology. In 2015 she became the first American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sexuality Counselor in the state of Indiana. She is also a proud fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and is the only professional in the state of Indiana to hold these distinctions. She has recently expanded her clinical practice to include addiction medicine, working with those affected by opioid use disorder. She strives to use a trauma informed approach in all her patient care. On completion of her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Case Western Reserve University in 2015, Dr. Berg Raunick’s research on Vicarious Trauma among Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners was published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing. She was honored to serve as the 2016 president of the Indiana Chapter of the IAFN and continues to serve on the planning committee for their fall forensic conference. Dr. Berg Raunick teaches regularly in academic and community settings on forensic nursing, sexual and intimate partner violence, trauma informed care, and other women’s and sexual health topics and is a regular presenter at the Marion County Center of Hope Trainings.