I am a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a highly collaborative style. I got my Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and was awarded my Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Washington.
I was an ICU nurse for 10 years before returning to school to become a nurse practitioner. I spent my early PMHNP career at an academic medical center, where I gained expertise in diagnosing and treating complex mental illness, including dual diagnosis (substance use in addition mental health diagnosis.) I was the prescriber for patients in the Sexual Assault and Trauma Center at the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. There, I gained expertise in treating PTSD and related symptoms.
I have worked extensively with homeless and vulnerable people. Working with these populations taught me the critical importance of dignity and respect as we approach mental health treatment. As a nurse practitioner, I see my role as presenting clients with information then collaborating with them to formulate a plan based on their goals and priorities. It is my goal is for clients to leave our appointments feeling seen and heard without judgement. I want them to leave our visits feeling hopeful, knowing they have the help they need as they strive to live their best lives.