Katie Kern, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP), with my advanced degree from Oregon Health & Science University.
I provide psychiatric services to individuals ages18 and older and with the following issues: ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders including PTSD and OCD, and personality disorders. I am also comfortable working with clients who experience extremes states such as hearing voices.
Before I began working in private practice, my experience has been in community mental health and primary care. I worked as the community mental health agency’s only PMHNP, serving low income and refugee clients. There, I was able to work with interpreters, case managers and therapists to provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate treatment for our clients. Most recently, I have worked in two different family practice settings for the past four years, as a psychiatric provider and consultant. These settings provided me with the opportunity to gain experience with medically complex clients while collaborating with my primary care colleagues.
Prior to gaining my credentials as an advance practice nurse, I provided in-home nursing care to hospice patients. After graduating from OHSU in 2008, I spent three years at the Portland VA Medical Center working with veterans with significant mental health needs in a community outreach program aimed at preventing hospitalization.
I had a unique upbringing, raised by my mom and my Vietnamese refugee stepfather in Portland, OR. Spending family time in the Vietnamese refugee community, amongst many who had escaped by boat from their war torn country, I gained a deeper understanding on the importance of community, survival and resilience.
My mom had tremendous influence in my life as well. As a community college educator, she modeled passion for her work, the importance of providing opportunity to those who might otherwise struggle, and the reward of doing service for others.
When I was 14, my biological father was finally diagnosed with PTSD from the effects of his service in the Vietnam War, giving me my first true insight into mental illness. It brought meaning to my experience of my father. I was fascinated to learn that avoidance could be a symptom. I was fortunate that he was willing to share his healing journey with me as he started to seek treatment at the VA Medical Center.
The passion for psychology that my dad initiated, together with the examples of my mom’s work and my stepfather’s refugee journey, eventually set me on the path to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
In my free time, I very much enjoy soccer, ultimate frisbee, karate, hiking, reading and cooking.
I take a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to working with my clients. I’m often told that I am very easy to talk to. When planning treatment, I don’t just rely on my own experience and best practice guidelines: I also take into account your goals and preferences. I believe in transparency, arming clients with the information they need to make the right individual choices for their health. I attend conferences regularly and continuously seek knowledge in the field to stay up to date on the latest research in order to help clients reach their goals. I enjoy working with all individuals and treat each person with respect and dignity.
I consider it a privilege to provide service and expertise to anyone who might feel challenged or stuck in their everyday life. I look forward to working with you soon!
For more in-depth information about my practice, please visit my website: www.katie-kern.squarespace.com