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Clinical focus: The main focus of my psychiatric/mental health practice is the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management of problems related to thought processes, emotions, and behaviors. The majority of folks coming to see me are between the ages of sixteen and sixty six.
Only on rare occasion do I do psychotherapy. Salem is blessed with a number of excellent therapists skilled in a variety of counseling techniques and approaches. For those of my patients seeking psychotherapy I work to refer them to someone whom I believe will match their needs and style.
Areas of Expertise: My psychiatric practice is best described as that of a generalist. However there are certain areas where my ongoing education has been particularly focused.
- Mood swing spectrum disorders - including bipolar disorder, seasonal mood shifts, hormonally driven mood shifts, and those mood swing disorders that arise or occur during pregnancy and the post-partum period.
- Depressive Disorders - including pediatric onset depression, depression occurring during pregnancy, and post-partum depression.
- Anxiety spectrum disorders - including panic disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, and OCD.
Education and experience: My path toward a private practice in advanced practice psychiatric nursing took the long way around to ensure that the steps along the way blended smoothly with my main focus of being a wife and caring for our two children.
In 1982 I earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Linn Benton Community College. For the next seven years I worked at the Oregon State Hospital on the child, adolescent, adult and geriatric units. This provided the unique opportunity to work with a wide variety of psychiatric conditions as they presented across the life span. The patients touched my heart, were patient with me, and taught me a great deal.
Then, I took somewhat of a hiatus accepting a position on Salem Hospital’s Neurology and Neurosurgical unit. I learned a tremendous amount about the response of the brain and nervous system to physiological disorders, injury, and chemical insults. Area experts helped me to go even deeper into an understanding of seizures and of migraine variants. But I missed psychiatry.
The opportunity to transfer to Salem Hospital’s adult psychiatric inpatient unit as an Assistant Nurse Manager presented itself and for the next nine years I gained further experience in patient care and in management. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree at Western Oregon University in 1994 and in 1996 graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University - School of Nursing, magna cum laude, with a Master's Degree in Nursing and additional course work focusing specifically on psychopharmacology.
With the generous help and support of colleagues in the community my goal of starting a private practice came to fruition. Each year since that time I have completed several hours of continuing education to keep my skills sharp and up to date.
Additional Practice Affiliations:
Executive Board member for the Willamette Independent Psychiatric Associates.
Past Executive Board member for the Marion-Polk County Medical Society (First Nurse Practitioner in the nation to serve as a full member on a Board of Directors for a Medical Society).
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