I have been an advanced practice psychiatric nurse since 2005. Originally from the Midwest, I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from South Dakota State University, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Post-Master's Certificate (Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) from Rush University in Chicago. I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
I treat a variety of psychiatric disorders using medication and psychotherapy. I value patient participation and coordination of care with established treatment team providers (such as a primary care provider or counselor) when appropriate and/or desired by the patient. I believe strongly in the power of the therapeutic relationship and strive to give each of my patients individualized care in a private, relaxed environment guided by a treatment plan that has been mutually developed. My practice welcomes members of the LGBTQ+ community.
I have completed additional training and am able to provide Cognitive Processing Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
I truly enjoy what I do and I believe that my genuineness and care for my patients show. I feel privileged to be able to do my best to help people struggling with challenging, sensitive issues in their lives. Although my specialty is psychiatry, I have been a registered nurse since 1996 and have provided bedside care to patients across the age spectrum with illnesses ranging from heart disease to terminal cancer. I have worked in group practices and am a US Navy Nurse Corps retiree. I feel I am a well-rounded healthcare provider and person.