Mike Huynh, ARNP, FNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner - Washington State Department of Health, Nursing Commission
Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship - University of California, Davis
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board
Master of Science in Nursing - California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - University of California, Irvine
About My Practice
After working a few years in family practice, I realized that there was a significant shortage of prescribers comfortable in diagnosing and managing common mental health problems. Therefore, I sought training from specialists at the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. During this fellowship, I learned and applied knowledge about the diagnoses and treatment options for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, sleep disorders, and somatoform disorders. I also have a lot of experience treating chronic pain using non-opiod medications. I like getting people involved in their own care and informing them of the benefits and risks of their options. There are standard treatments in healthcare and mental health, but I frequently encounter difficulties with different treatment modalities, and I'm up to the challenge of individualizing each person's treatment.
My style tends to be informal.
On my spare time I like to read books about self-help, philosophy, psychology, world religions, business, economics, and investing. I also enjoy hiking, backpacking, golfing, surfing, snowboarding, and lifting weights. I hope to travel more in the coming years, spontaneous trips with minimal planning seem to be the most satisfying.
I think independently researching, reading, and learning quality material is very important since it helps me avoid a phenomenon called "group think." It also gives me a sense of history, shared meaning, and sage advice from the past. As Isaac Newton said, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants." While growing up, I had few role models who were wise, trustworthy, and appealing to me. However, a variety of authors helped me fill in some gaps and put things in perspective, especially when things became difficult. I wish to share a few authors and some quotes if you happen to find them resourceful:
Viktor Frankl (Austrian psychiatrist and Holocust survivor) - "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."
Earl Nightingale - “You are now, and you do become, what you think about.” & "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal."
Ralph Waldo Emerson - "Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."
Abdu’l-Bahá - "The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by suffering. The more the ground is ploughed the better the seed will grow, the better the harvest will be. Just as the plough furrows the earth deeply, purifying it of weeds and thistles, so suffering and tribulation free man from the petty affairs of this worldly life until he arrives at a state of complete detachment. His attitude in this world will be that of divine happiness. Man is, so to speak, unripe: the heat of the fire of suffering will mature him. Look back to the times past and you will find that the greatest men have suffered most."
Shunryu Suzuki (Founder of the San Francisco Zen Center) - "Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine."
I find this buddhist koan rather interesting and humrous:
Huike said to Bodhidharma, “My mind is anxious. Please pacify it.”
Bodhidharma replied, “Bring me your mind, and I will pacify it.”
Huike said, “Although I’ve sought it, I cannot find it.”
“There,” Bodhidharma replied, “I have pacified your mind.”