“I actively listen to my clients, work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan, and focus on education.”
What was your path to becoming a Nurse Practitioner?
I have always enjoyed working with others and gravitated to the medical field where I became a registered nurse. I started off my career as an RN in the emergency room and quickly realized I truly enjoyed working in psychiatry. I then went on to become a doctorally-prepared, double board-certified nurse practitioner. I have worked in psychiatry for the last several years and have done much of that via telepsychiatry. I focus on treating clients where they are and working to help improve their overall health and wellbeing. I truly enjoy seeing the difference that receiving mental health care can make in someone's life.
What should someone know about working with you?
Each client is unique so I work with my clients to develop an individualized treatment plan utilizing an integrated approach to care, which I feel provides the best clinical outcomes. I actively listen to my clients, work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan, and focus on education. Having clients understand and actively participate in their own treatment is key. When clients know how their medications work and the risks and benefits of them, they feel more involved in their own care and ultimately more comfortable. Working together to facilitate healing and positive changes in the lives of my clients is part of my clinical approach. I also strive to provide holistic treatment, focusing on therapeutic intervention along with medication management.
What experience do you have providing mental health care?
I have worked in many areas of psychiatry over the years in both inpatient and outpatient settings and served as a lead psychiatry provider, which included positions as an interim medical director and a chief nursing officer for several large outpatient psychiatry practices. I also served as a preceptor for future nurse practitioners and doctoral students from several universities, including the University of Minnesota and the University of Cincinnati. I have extensive experience practicing via telepsychiatry. I have been working with clients using telepsychiatry for many years, which has proven even more valuable since 2020 when many medical providers began to use telehealth. Access to care is one of my goals as a clinician and telepsychiatry has been a key component in expanding that access.
“Having clients understand and actively participate in their own treatment is key.”