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Frances is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Frances completed postgraduate training in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders at Washington State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Oregon School of Nursing and her master’s degree from University of California at San Francisco.
Her previous work experience included two years in private practice and nine years in Corrections Health. Prior to becoming a PMHNP, she spent many years as a nurse educator, director and organizational development consultant.
“ I enjoy working with adults who are coping with life transitions. Many people ask for assistance when they are most vulnerable and I feel privileged to partner with them during these times. I also work with people who struggle with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and PTSD. While my primary role is medication management, I work closely with therapists. Medications are most effective when used in conjunction with counseling and often may be prescribed short-term to augment therapy. In other cases, medication may be needed on a longer-term basis to manage chronic mental health issues. Treatment plans are made in collaboration with my clients and I respect their decisions regarding treatment”.