CAN I HELP YOU?
In my office practice I see
children, teens and adults, "all kids 3 to 93". People I see come to me
with wide a variety of "mental health" problems. I have extensive
experience treating the more common problems such as anxiety, panic,
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD), Bipolar, mood swings, depression, and Attention Deficit
Disorder(ADD/ADHD). I also have considerable experience treating less
common problems such as tics, Tourettes, eating disorders, autism
spectrum disorders, and psychosis - to name a few.
main focus of my practice is evaluation, diagnosis, treatment
suggestions, and medication management of psychiatric disorders. I am
open minded to alternative and nutritional therapies as well; I am not
an expert in these areas but I am a believer. I am not a counselor.
Although I like to understand your life story and the context in which
your symptoms occur, our time is limited to looking at how medication
and lifestyle changes can help you regulate your symptoms. Generally we
work together to decide what would be the most helpful strategy
regarding counseling and a referral is made to a community therapist to
fit a person's particular need.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
have been a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with an emphasis
in psychiatric and mental health psycho-pharmacology since 1999. In 1999
when I became a Nurse Practitioner there were not programs or board
certification for was is now a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner,
that is why I am A FNP and not a PMHNP (some people do ask). I have over
20 years of clinical experience in psychiatric/mental health nursing.
Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner I was a Registered Nurse and ran
inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit for 7 years.
have also owned and operated a pharmaceutical clinical trials business
since 1999. During this time I have worked on almost 100 clinical
trials, many of which include the development of the medications we have
used, currently use, and are yet to use in psychiatry. I have written
my own protocols for original investigator initiated clinical trials and
have presented my work at The American Psychiatric Association's Annual
Meeting, The National Institute of Mental Health's Annual New Clinical
Drug Evaluation Unit (NCDEU) meeting, and also at the U.S. Psychiatric
Congress Annual Meeting. I was the first nurse practitioner to be
invited to The American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting to
present original work at in 2004.
diagnosis, medication management and patient education for children,
teens and adults with problems related to their emotions, behaviors, or
am the rare born and bred native Idahoan. My husband is from Southern
California, so that makes me even more of an Idahoan (nowadays)! I have
traveled all over the country and haven't found any where else I would
rather live than Idaho. Although, Banff, Alberta Canada comes in to a
I am married with three adult sons, and a daughter. We have three dogs, two pit bull
mixes, and Francis the Brazilian rescue office dog, four cats and three horses. I love my dogs and educating people about the
myths and truths of the pit bull breed (PitBullPositive.org
, PitBullHappenings.com )
Sometimes I have more dogs every now and then, depending on what the
family or friends drag in.
All my kids have
been on the Bogus Basin ski team at one time or another, so we love to
ski! You can catch me on a hill somewhere during ski season. My
daughter has been involved in 4H and Boise Pony Club with her horses and more recently a fierce competitor at United States Eventing Association's recognized events. I like to watch
Hockey and football. I was a big fan of the Colorado Avalanche until Joe
Sakic retired, now I'm trying to find a new sports hero.
Hey, Wait.... What about Camie?
Camie is my right hand wo-MAN.... she is a lady of many talents. She is the one who takes all the calls, battles the insurance companies, deals with the un-informed pharmacies, faxes, files, orders lunch, etc.
I was working as a contractor at a community mental health clinic when I met Camie, she was overworked, underpaid and under appreciated, so I "rescued" her. She's still underpaid ; ) but greatly appreciated. I also had her get a dog (it's a job requirement), she already had the cute kid!