As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, LaShaunda brings empathy, an easygoing communication style, dedication, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members. A proud U.S. military veteran, LaShaunda was a Registered Nurse in the Navy before she decided to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is a nurse practitioner who truly cares about her patients and has the patience to explain what course of treatment is best and why. If the patient isn’t feeling well, a kind and thoughtful approach will speed up the healing process as noted by science.

A typical day for LaShaunda includes assessing and diagnosing patients on mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or those who struggle with substance abuse or the heartbreak of dementia. Although LaShaunda is able to prescribe medication as a viable option, she has been very successful with the holistic approach of listening and educating the patient before resorting to medication, and many times it is a combination of all three. LaShaunda believes wholeheartedly that the patient should understand why they are taking medication and will discuss with them how they feel about pursuing the treatment plan in a team based effort.

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