Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - BC
Parkmoor Village Clinic
I am originally from Normal, Illinois (yes, that’s what the town is actually called!). I’ve since, however lived all over including Washington State, Oregon, Florida, and Arizona before moving to Colorado in 2013. I have been in the Army Reserves (E7) for 18 years. Mobilization to Evans Army Hospital is what brought us to CO and we then decided to stay! I’ve been married for 7 years. We have two Schnoodle dogs. I LOVE to travel, read, go boating, visit family, and check out the beautiful state of CO! My favorite saying that I inherited from my mom is, “God can’t steer a parked car.”
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (lengthy title I know). I was initially trained as an LPN by the Army at Walter Reed in D.C. but soon thereafter, I received my RN/BSN as a civilian. I’ve worked in various settings as an RN including medical-surgical, trauma ICU, oncology ICU, post-operative care, and the ER. I received my Masters in Nursing from CSU-Pueblo in 2017. My first undergraduate degree (way back in the 90s) from the University of Oregon was in Psychology and Biology and I’ve ALWAYS had an interest in the mind, how people work, and in becoming a healer (I spent a short stint in the 90s as a massage therapist too). Being a psych NP allows me to pursue my love of physiology and psychology while really helping people. I find it very fulfilling and rewarding.
Why work with Katie?
I think patients appreciate my care because I really listen. Only you know what it’s like to be you and I therefore work at coming up with a treatment plan collaboratively with you as the patient. I’m always sure to explain my rationale for drug and treatment choices, answer your questions, and take your concerns into account. Medications can be a powerful tool for optimizing mental health, but I also emphasize the importance of talk therapy, self-care, and lifestyle choices. In addition, I’ve become certified in hormone replacement therapy because I feel this is a huge part of a person’s well-being, mental health, and quality of life.