• MSN-Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – University of Colorado
• BSN-Bachelor’s in Nursing – Chamberlain College
• ADN-RN program – Trinidad State Junior College
Individuals of all ages have their own histories, perspectives and unique challenges that make them who they are today. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I believe strongly in client empowerment for the choice of psychiatric treatment options. The focus should not be one-pill-fits all. “Whole-listic” treatment is my personal belief as a practitioner, meaning I thoroughly appreciate the whole person by educating clients on medication treatment options, providing nutritional information that can accompany their overall mental well-being, and collaborating with counseling services.
My present and prior work experience includes work with all ages in depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, dementia, substance use, ADHD, as well as other psychiatric conditions. Additionally, I have experience in outpatient and inpatient services. I am very thankful for the opportunity to implement quality, accessible psychiatric healthcare to the community, providing assistance to mental recovery through specialized knowledge and training of diagnosing and medication management.
I was privileged to be mentored by many excellent and natural educators. One psychiatrist showed me the absolute necessity of collaborating with psychotherapy for the best possible outcomes. He had a saying of, “Meds get to the what and not to the why. Counseling gets to the why.” (Firnberg, 2015). In the mental health puzzle of life there are the pieces of medications if indicated, therapies and support systems. It is my prayer that successful outcomes will be realized by clients and healthcare teams alike.
I look forward to professionally sharing my experience, training, and heart for the mental voyage. Together we are stronger and together we can remember there’s only one letter difference in the words better and bitter.