MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Children, Adolescents, Adults
BCBS, Tricare, Health Partners, Midlands Choice, Medica Insure, Inspire by Medica, Cigna, UBH
6600 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing-Allen College
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing-DMACC
Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design- University of Wisconsin @ Madison (Go Badgers!)
Life can take some strange twists sometimes. After initially graduating with an apparel design degree, I returned to my home state where I decided to change direction and pursue a career in health care. Although the only position open at the time was in inpatient behavioral health, it clicked like a puzzle piece and felt like a perfect fit. I am currently practicing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience working in mental health- both inpatient and outpatient clinical experience. I have found I have a passion for women’s health in relation to mental health including postpartum/prepartum issues, concentration/focus, sleep issues, etc., as well as viewing given circumstances from a holistic approach. In my free time, you might find me hanging out with my two daughters, husband and 4 dogs, taking hikes on local trails, gardening and experimenting with new recipes!
I currently see all ages 5+, offering services to evaluate and provide medication management for a variety of diagnoses under the umbrella of mental health. I am part of a wonderful practice which also includes mental health therapists specializing in a variety of areas and would be happy to connect you with one as well for additional support!
Children/Young Adults/Adults, Medication Management, Mood Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Postpartum Care, ADHD.
As a nurse practitioner, I value viewing situations holistically- equally considering the social, lifestyle and psychological contributions, as well as biological. I greatly appreciate open communication, value a working relationship as equals, and emphasize thoroughly educating along the way- including medication education and lifestyle modifications. I want you to be a part of the decision making as much as I am. I strongly believe in therapy as an enormously beneficial piece to maintenance and recovery and will be more than happy to help you find a good fit if so desired. I do not believe pharmacological interventions are the only answer but can certainly be a helpful tool in your toolbox along the way.
*Medication Management: Initial evaluations will be up to 60-minutes with 20-minute follow up appointments. Prescriptions and refills are provided during these appointments. Appointments need to be schedules far in advance to avoid lapses in prescriptions. Frequency of appointments is individualized to meet individual health needs. Our ARNP's schedules vary weekly. Plan to call at least three (3) business days ahead of the needed refill.
**Please save any clinical questions for our appointments together. Please schedule medication appointments in advance every 3 months through the 515 Therapy web portal (you will need a user name and password) or by calling (515) 402.4380. If you have a medication question, please messages us through the online portal or call nurse Brynn at (515) 402.4380. You may leave a confidential message on her desk phone, and she will make every attempt to return your call within 24 hours. Urgent situations need to be directed to the emergency room or by dialing 911. If you need a medication refill, please contact your pharmacy.