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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”  Maya Angelou

You may be looking at this website because you are suffering from a psychiatric or a neurological condition, or because you are taking care of a loved one with dementia. Whatever the reason, I hope that today you will come one step closer to achieving balance, peace of mind and optimal wellbeing. This website can be your portal for gathering information about support groups, books, articles, services and other resources. 



As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a PhD focused in Geriatric Neurodegenerative Disorders (dementias) it is my goal and privilege to partner with my patients and their families in finding solutions to challenging situations, optimizing medication regiments, utilizing diverse psycho-therapeutic techniques and complimentary/alternative interventions (hypnosis, biofeedback, medicinal foods) for maximizing your emotional and cognitive reserves.



I am also trained in implementing ReCode: Reversing Cognitive Decline Protocols designed by Dr. Bredesen. These protocols work best for people living with early signs/symptoms of memory loss and for family caregivers. If you are intereseted in this very innovative, comprehensive and intensive program, please take a look at the information on my ReCode page. 

If you decide to establish care at the Psychiatric Wellness and Dementia Care, LLC Clinic we will work together towards amplifying your overall wellbeing and improving your quality of life. I look forward to working with you towards achieving your goals.


Please call or email me for an individual in-person or video-conference (telemedicine) appointment, dementia patient/caregiver dyad assessments, couples or family therapy consultation today.

In the News: 

 

BEST OF THE CITY

Top Doctors 2017

Our 12th annual list of the best health care professionals in the Seattle area features 791 doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and more in 100 specialties.

Edited by Ariana Dawes  7/20/2017 at 8:00am  Published in the August 2017 issue of Seattle Met

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Search our interactive database of 2017′s top doctors and health practitioners. 

 

How We Made the List 

Seattle Met partnered with the Professional Research Services survey company to poll health care practitioners licensed by the Washington State Department of Health in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties, asking, “If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you choose?” Voters nominated their most esteemed peers based on years of experience, competency, rapport with patients, patient satisfaction and compliance with care recommendations, and ability to work effectively with colleagues across specialties to deliver the best patient care. The top vote recipients were vetted with the DOH to ensure good standing before inclusion on the list, which is excerpted here alphabetically by specialty. Suite numbers have been omitted and practice names have been abbreviated for space; suite numbers and full practice names can be found in our interactive database. This list of Top Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners should be viewed as just one of many resources to consult when seeking the best care. 

 

https://www.cambiahealthfoundation.org/sojourns/sojourns-cohorts.html

20 September 2017

Cambia Health Foundation Announces 10 New Sojourns Scholars to Advance Palliative Care

Elite group of physicians and nurses demonstrate strong leadership potential and commitment to expanding palliative care

The Cambia Health Foundation has announced the acceptance of 10 new physicians and nurses into the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, the Foundation’s signature program to develop emerging palliative care leaders. With this new cohort, Cambia has now committed $7.2 million to cultivate 40 Sojourns Scholars from across the country who are working to advance palliative care. 
  
The Sojourns Scholar program addresses a critical workforce development need and supports access to palliative care services. According to a 2016 report in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, “One-third of U.S. hospitals report no palliative care services of any kind, and access to palliative care in community settings (home, nursing home, assisted living) is limited for people who are not hospice-eligible. As a result, most people with serious illness are unlikely to receive the care they need throughout their course of illness.” Addressing these issues requires leadership, and by creating the Sojourns program, the Foundation has taken an active role in shaping the future.   
  
The Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program is an initiative designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. The new cohort was chosen following a rigorous selection process centered on their commitment to advancing the field of palliative care. Each scholar receives a two-year, $180,000 grant to support research, clinical, educational or policy projects. Scholars also receive one-to-one mentoring support and leadership training.   
  
“The Cambia Health Foundation is focused on improving the consumer experience from birth through completion of life. Palliative care is inherently person-focused, and investing in future leaders ensures that people and families facing series illness are supported,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair, Cambia Health Foundation. “It is our hope that the seed that has been planted with these future leaders will inspire a workforce that delivers patient- and family-centered care across the entire nation.” 


About Cambia Health Foundation 
Based in Portland, Ore., Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate Foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, Cambia Health Foundation awards grants in three program areas: Sojourns (Palliative Care workforce and leadership development, quality, access and awareness), Transforming Health Care and Children’s Behavioral Health. The Foundation has funded over $51 million in grants to advance patient- and family-centered care for all. Learn more at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org, and follow us on Twitter: @CambiaHealthFdn.

Tatiana Sadak. University of Washington

Web-Based Dementia Palliative Care Assessment and Resource Hub

This project aims to improve access to foundational palliative care assessment, information and resources for family members and friends caring for people living with dementia. We plan to create an interactive web portal that will contain: a) instruments for care-giver self-assessment of stress, readiness, preparedness, and activation for assuming increasingly complex caregiving tasks and for managing the care recipient's health while maintaining personal wellness; b) a personalized, assessment-based caregiver care plan, including tailored resilience coaching and links to relevant resources from the National Library of Medicine; and c) a targeted list of discussion questions for caregivers and health care providers. We propose to create and pilot test the portal with focus groups of family caregivers and clinicians. This project will allow for a fast transition from generating research evidence to broadly disseminating best practices and getting these much-needed tools into the hands of caregivers and clinicians of people living with dementia.

“My vision of the future is to lead the effort to define, operationalize and broadly implement dementia palliative care pathways and programs in ambulatory, inpatient, and community settings. My ultimate goal is to lead interdisciplinary local, national and international efforts in translating and enhancing uptake and integration of dementia palliative care interventions that will culminate in the development of new policies and financial incentives for health care systems to provide comprehensive holistic dementia care.”