Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

As a board-certified PMHNP, I enjoy partnering with clients and their families to improve quality of life through mental health. I use a strengths-based approach to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for a broad array of psychiatric conditions. While I am specialized in working with adolescents, young adults and families, I have expertise across the lifespan. I use a holistic approach to listening and understanding the biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and structural experiences that impact each individual.

My career as a PMHNP evolved from years of working with children and families in neonatal and pediatric ICU and as a credentialed school nurse. After postgraduate training at UCSF, I completed a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) at the University of Arizona. As a professor at UCSF, I taught child/adolescent/family therapy, psychopharmacology, healthcare policy, and research/quality improvement and co-directed UCSF’s PMHNP program until transitioning to LGTC full time in January 2023. I am a Fellow with American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and have trained and mentored many of the PMHNPs who are now practicing throughout California.

I believe that growth and healing can happen within the client-provider relationship. I value actively listening to identify goals for treatment before offering evidence-based information to guide the decisions we will make together. While psychotropic medications are an important aspect of treatment, cognitive/behavioral strategies, sleep coaching, mindfulness, meditation, spiritual and faith-based practices, parenting, and family interventions are other key elements of treatment. When we meet, I will use an integrative approach to care that is patient-centered, healing oriented, and appreciative of the unique circumstances that contribute to your life.

License Number: 20650

Education: UC San Francisco

Ages Treated: 6-12, 13-17, 18+