I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Washington. I began my undergraduate education at Lake Forest College in Illinois, and transferred to the University of Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Economics. I began my study of nursing at the Masters level at Seattle University and decided two years in to pursue the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, which I completed concurrently with my Masters education. I offer the following services: comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-ups, diagnose and prescribe medications as necessary, as well as providing therapy. I have an interest in working with the adult population.
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to help people or animals in some fashion. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I finally decided what to do. I shadowed a nurse anesthesiologist at the Naval Hospital in Camp Pendleton, outside of San Diego. While that was interesting, it didn’t seem to fit right. Fast forward a few years later, I applied to the nurse practitioner program at Seattle University and chose “Family” as the desired specialty. I thought it was a safe choice, as I would be able to see a variety of issues. Eight months into the program, I completed both pediatrics and mental health rotations. When I did the mental health rotation at the Veteran Affairs hospital, I knew I had to switch my specialty from family to psychiatry. Despite of this awareness, it is not allowed to change specialties midway into the program. I fought hard and convinced the dean that I needed to be in this specialty. I was finally granted the permission to change and haven’t looked back. I feel fortunate to be where I am today, and value the opportunity to help others live their best lives.
Throughout my life, I have seen at first hand how important one’s mental wellbeing is. It can help carry an individual through each day’s challenges. I feel it is my calling to understand, empathize and assist individuals through difficulties, and recognize that no one person is the same. While my hope is to provide a listening and caring ear for clients, I value in being able to decipher what is puzzling for the client and provide assistance, whether that is using medication(s) and/or psychotherapy modalities based on evidenced-based practices. It often takes a village to help a client, which is why collaboration with his/her healthcare team is essential. To successfully achieve a healthy client-provider relationship, trust and safety needs to be established. My ultimate goal is to help a client achieve their best emotional and mental wellbeing, followed being able to feel at peace.