I was born and raised in Georgia, and heavily influenced by my father, who was a kind southern gentleman. After completing my undergraduate degree from Mercer University, I moved north to pursue my Physician Assistant degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I spent the first several years of my career in family practice medicine, where I began to see the importance of treating the mind as well as the body. At this time, I started to consider moving my career into the mental health field because I felt passionate about how influential and healing mental health treatment can be. After taking several years off to be a full-time mother and home schooling 4 children, I decided instead of going back into family practice, I would instead pursue my passion and obtain my Master’s degree as a professional mental health counselor from National-Louis University. Understanding the importance of the mind/body connection, I now felt in a unique position to truly provide holistic care to patients in a psychiatric setting. Being both a therapist and Physician Assistant is a relatively unique combination, and allows me to bring a unique insight and therapeutic element to every patient I see.
Areas of Clinical Specialty
I provide psychiatric medical evaluations and medication management for adults and adolescents in all areas of mental health and those struggling with both addictions and mental illness. In addition, I specialize in the following areas:
Adolescent Health and Wellness
I especially enjoy the adolescent population. Adolescence is one of the most perplexing periods for teens and parents alike. This is a time of tremendous growth, boundary exploration, budding independence, and physical and emotional changes. Learning to understand and navigate the challenges of this developmental stage are crucial for future success. Often this is when Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, and Substance Use can emerge. Family dynamics and relationships often change at this time as well and learning effective and simple coping skills can build lasting and solid relationships with both family members and friends. I seek to encourage self-exploration and elimination of barriers to mental health struggles during this critical time.
Women’s Mental Health
Women’s health and wellness and specifically the challenges of child birth and post-partum are a specific area of interest to me. As a mother of 4 children, I understand the unique challenges this phase of life can present. Prior to and after child delivery are vulnerable times for women and many may suffer from post-partum anxieties and depression. In addition to the challenges that surround childbirth, I am also passionate about paramount issues unique to women in today’s society, including domestic violence. I am certified in the treatment of domestic violence victims, and am highly skilled in the treatment of victims of sexual trauma.
Domestic Violence Certification
American Association of Physician Assistants