Kathy M., MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Kathy M., MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC first began her Nursing career working with babies and children in Pediatrics and the Newborn Nursery. She became the Baby Care Coordinator for the University of Kentucky and developed a deeper sense of the importance of child development and parenting in setting the foundation for a person’s life.
She went on to get a Masters in Community Mental Health of School-Aged Youth in 1989, taught Nursing for a few years before moving to Brazil for 11 years, where she taught these subjects, as well as Counseling and Family Counseling to college and high school students. Kathy has also worked as a Psychiatric Nurse and a Hospice Nurse before studying to be a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt and graduating in 2009. “I have always had a special empathy for people at vulnerable points in their lives: birth, death, and points in-between. I want my patients to feel cozy, safe, accepted and believed. I like working alongside people as they regain hope, work through conflicts or grief, and develop a sense of well-being and confidence.”
Kathy and her husband Alan have one daughter, Carrie, who recently married a Brazilian – Jonathan – and they live and work in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cats Sammy and Melia keep them busy. Alan is a professor of theology and apologetics in South Brazil as well as an avid musician who owns too many guitars. Kathy loves to garden and reads everything she can get her hands on. She is also writing a book to be published in Portuguese in Brazil on emotional health, and may also come out in English here in the United States.