Adrienne is a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on managing care for patients with anxiety, depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She has a passion for LGBTQ and SGM health. She has dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Adrienne has always loved talking with people one-on-one and hearing their stories. Starting her nursing career in cardiology, she found herself taking the time to listen to patient’s fears and worries. In these moments, she saw how vital mental health was in conjunction with physical health. She eventually went back to school to pursue her passion in mental health and completed her Master of Science with a focus on Psychiatric Mental Health.
In working with patients, she wants to make sure her patients feel comfortable and safe when meeting with her and as she works with them on their treatment plan. She believes in a team approach with her clients, in that they can work together to find solutions to any challenges they may face. She appreciates an openness to the healing process, which can come in many different forms but ultimately, just being present is a big step.
She sees both Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine Nasal Spray as showing promising results for individuals not responsive to traditional treatment options and providing a new lifeline for some. As a clinician, it brings her hope that she can help patients who have been possibly struggling for a long time with treatments and therapies such as these.
Adrienne joins Mindful Health Solutions in the Fall of 2021.
Adrienne was born and raised in the Bay Area. She loves how you can step outside your door and go to the beach, the mountains, and soak up the sun. Professionally, she also appreciates being in California, because they are a leader in innovation, especially for health care. Outside of work, she enjoys cycling, hiking, and watching any SF Bay Area sports team- especially the Giants! She has a large cookbook collection (over 100) and likes to cook and bake in addition to trying new restaurants.
Adrienne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon.
She began her career at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Working as a clinical primary number in the Cardiovascular Services Unit, Adrienne provided care pre-and post-operative cardiovascular patients, monitoring their condition, and educating them on managing their cardiovascular disease and postoperative rehabilitation.
She received her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Clinical experience included work at Synergy Health and Urgent Care in Pleasanton, CA, where she served a wide range of patients in both family practice and urgent care. Other clinical experience included working at Mercy Doctor’s Medical Group in San Francisco, CA, an internal medicine clinic, and Dr. Ben Littlejohn Family Medicine in Emeryville, CA, a family practice clinic. She also served at Napa Valley Pediatrics, where in addition to providing care in the Pediatric clinic, she organized an LGBT health education training for all providers and staff and helped to implement new clinical guidelines to improve outcomes for LGBTQ patients.
She served as a Clinical Registered Nurse at the Napa County Crisis Stabilization Services in Napa, CA, where she cared for patients in the mental health emergency services center and assisted with outreach to community health stakeholders.
She received her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certification from the University of Massachusetts in Amhurst, Massachusetts. During this time, she provided psychotherapy and medication management, serving all populations and age groups at a private practice in Napa, CA.
Most recently, she served as a Clinical Nurse in the inpatient psychiatry unit at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, CA. She provided acute mental health care on an inpatient psych unit and worked in an interdisciplinary team to improve patient outcomes and act as Charge RN.
In addition to her clinical practice, Adrienne is highly engaged in community involvement and mental health policy. She served as an intern for State Senator Bill Dodd and sits on multiple policy committees. She currently and has previously worked with LGBTQ+ organizations, including GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, to increase quality and access to health care options. She also served on the Health Policy and Practice Committee for the California Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Primary Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Patients Aisner, A. J., Zappas, M., & Marks, A. (2020). Primary Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Patients. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(4), 281-285.