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About Me

I am a Child/Adolescent & Adult Family Psychiatric & Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse specializing in individual, couples and family therapy as well as psychopharmacology and psychotropic medication management.

With over 26 years experience as a Psychiatric & Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse & Nurse Therapist, I have founded APNSolutions, LLC, an Advanced Practice Nurse managed private practice located in Southern Jersey. I am an honors graduate of Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania & Drexel University, where I completed my doctoral degree with a focus on Premenstrual Symptom Exacerbation in Women with Psychiatric Comorbidities.  Through APNSolutions, I practice as Family Psychiatric & Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse working with a wide variety of patients across the lifespan. I continue to collaborate with physicians, therapists and other practitioners throughout the region and maintain my expertise in complicated diagnostics, treatment resistant symptomatology and psychopharmacology/medication management as well as the "talk" therapies for patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders.

 
I also maintain a faculty position as an Advanced Senior Lecturer in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pennsylvania-School of Nursing, where I have taught Advanced Psychopharmacology Across the Lifespan for over 13 years.  I serve as a Clinical Preceptor for Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nursing Students from many of the region's colleges and universities, including:  The University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, Robert Morris University, Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy and Drexel University. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge and expertise with students, especially related to the role of the Psychiatric & Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse and the field of Psychopharmacology. I also hold a faculty position at Fairleigh Dickinson University in their Post-Doctoral Master's Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology Program and am Course Instructor for the Biological Foundations of Pharmacological Practice I & II. 

In addition to being a prominent clinician and educator, I have presented at Local, Regional, and National professional conferences and to various audiences comprised of patients and family members, nurses, educators and mental health professionals from other disciplines, speaking on the topics of:

***Psychopharmacology***Substance Use Disorders***Pharmacogenetics*** Women's Mental Health Issues***Child & Adolescent Mental Health***Treatment Resistant Symptoms***Attention Deficit Disorders***Sleep Disorders***Over Diagnosing & Over Medicating***Psychotropic Medication Side Effects***Over-the-Counter & Prescription Substance Abuse***The Impact of Genotyping on Psychotropic Selection***Among Many Other Topics
 
I consider myself a dynamic, solution-focused clinician. My therapeutic approach is to support my patients in defining the symptoms that are interfering with their lives and to offer feedback and treatments to help those patients effectively address their personal life challenges. I integrate therapies and psychopharmacology with complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each patient's individual needs. With compassion and understanding, I guide each individual to help them build on their strengths and to obtain the level of physical and emotional well-being they are committed to achieving.
 
 

Education  
I have completed my Research Dissertation based Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice (DrNP) through Drexel University, where I achieved the highest honors. I earned my Bachelor's Degrees with honors from both Duke University & the University of Pennsylvania and also obtained my Master's Degree in Child & Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.  Additionally, I have earned Post-Master's Certification from the University of South Alabama as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.   My designation as a Master Clinician in Psychopharmacology was earned through Stephen Stahl's NeuroScience Educational Institute in Carlsbad, CA; and I have been prescribing and managing psychotropic medications since early 1993.  I am a Licensed & Certified as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse in both PA & NJ and have earned National Certifications as a Clinical Specialist in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing as well as Certification as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as an Advanced Practice-Certified Addictions Registered Nurse .
      

Awards

2017          Inducted as Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners                                                                 2016          Honorable Mentaion for Dissertation Graduate Research Excellence-Drexel University
2015          Outstanding Preceptor Award-Drexel University 

2015          SPAPN Psychiatric Nurse of the Year
2009          NJ Biz CFG 50 Fastest Growing Companies
2005          PENN Brunner Alumni Award for Innovative Practice
2002          NJ Biz CFG named New Jersey's Finest     
2001          FNAP Award for Excellence as Clinical Specialist

2000          ISPN Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse of the Year
2000          Gloucester County Special Services Excellence in Service Award
1989          Sigma Theta Tau Int'l Nursing Honor Society 

Professional Activities and Memberships
***American Psychiatric Nurses Association***APNA Opioid Education Faculty WorkGroup***Steering Committee APNA Addictions & Child/Adolescent Councils***Steering Committee LACE Implementation of APNA***International Nurses Society on Addictions***NJ Chapter of the APNA***International Society of Psychiatric Nurses***Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses of ISPN***New Jersey State Nurses Association***American Nurses Association***Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of NJSNA***Forum for Nurses in Advanced Practice of NJSNA***National Association of Female Executives***Contemporary Forums Psychiatric Nursing Conference Planning Board***Genomind Preferred Provider & Speakers Bureau***Numerous Pharmaceutical Advisory Panels
 

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