I was born in Bloomington, Indiana, but grew up in North Carolina. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my master’s of science in nursing, and Vanderbilt University for my doctorate in nursing practice. I am board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
I provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment for patients ages 18 and up. I am a nurse practitioner, which is a registered nurse with a doctorate degree that allows me to diagnose and prescribe. I believe strongly in evidence-based practice, as well as the nursing ethics of holistic care—treating a patient as a whole person, rather than only addressing the illness—patient advocacy, and social justice. I work in partnership with patients to maximize their mental health and happiness. I have particular areas of interest and experience in treating bipolar disorder, neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Dementia, etc.), and cognitive and psychiatric symptoms and comorbidities of neurological disorders (Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic neuropathic pain, chronic headache, epilepsy).
I love spending time with my husband, our 2 sons, and our menagerie of horses, cats, dogs, and goats. I love playing outside, digging in the dirt in our garden and greenhouse, cooking, and making home-made soap.