Princess loves the culture and diversity that California offers. She has lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years and could not see herself in any other place. For her, nothing beats the weather and the laidback vibe it gives. She enjoys the food, nature and of course the many beaches with gentle breezes. Outside of work, she tries to hike every weekend and explore different trails. She also enjoys cooking for her family and singing karaoke with friends. She has a passion for traveling to experience different cultures and unique scenery.
Princess Mckenzie, PMHNP
Princess is a Board-Certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a focus on treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, and geriatric psychiatry. She has been caring for patients for over ten years.
More about Princess Mckenzie, PMHNP
Growing up in the Philippines, Princess noticed that the stigma towards people with mental illness was rampant. When entering healthcare, she chose psychiatry because she wanted to make a difference in battling the negativity of mental illness and the suffering she saw. She wanted to be a part of helping society normalize seeking treatment and break the stigma that comes with having a mental illness.
She sees each patient as unique and has different needs. First and foremost, she listens to her patients, seeing them as a person first and then a patient before she helps create a treatment plan focused on their individual needs. As a nurse practitioner, she vows to give her best to each patient that she encounters, helping them get better and have an improved quality of living.
Princess is drawn to a mission of serving people who have failed or may not be suitable for traditional medicine and psychotherapy. She is interested in the ability to incorporate modern treatments such as
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray into her practice. For her, these treatments are great options for those who have treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Additionally, they are good alternatives for people who are not able to tolerate medication side effects. Plus, they are both well studied, effective, and covered by insurance companies, which makes them cost-effective and accessible to more patients.
Princess joins Mindful Health Solutions in the Fall of 2021.
Education & Experience
Princess received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation Inc., in Pasay City, Philippines.
Upon migrating to the states, Princess was an RN Supervisor at the Marlora Post-Acute Rehabilitation Hospital in Long Beach, where she developed plans of care and communicated patient concerns to appropriate personnel, handled pre-admission screenings and assessed the medical and mental health needs of patients, and coordinated resident care with physicians, families, and cross-functional disciplines to meet patient needs and goals. She collaborated with all departments on patient needs, from doctors to nurse practitioners to social workers. She helped educate patients and families on diagnoses and potential complications.
She was a Utilization Management Nurse at Accountable Health Care IPA in Signal Hill, CA, where she communicated with doctors and staff to clarify patient diagnoses and provide optimized treatment guidelines and collaborated with utilization management coordinators, network providers, the medical director, and representatives of health plans to provide optimal member care and services.
Princess was a Nurse Consultant at Dr. J’s Conceptual Consultant in Longbeach, where she analyzed new patient cases and existing cases with patients who are struggling with recovery and oversaw and tracked the status and health of assigned patient caseload to prioritize cases for review and adjustments. She recommended patients for intensive and specialized mental healthcare and assisted with care while waiting for patients to receive advanced care.
Most recently, Princess served in a variety of roles at Anthem Blue Cross in Glendale, CA. As Continuing Stay Review Nurse, she performed psychiatric and substance abuse (or substance abuse disorder assessment) coordination, implementation, case planning, monitoring, and patient evaluation. She presented complex cases with difficult discharge planning, placements, and long-term plans to senior leadership, utilizing clinical acumen and policies and guidelines to review urgent and continued patient stays. As Long-Term Services and Support Service Coordinator, she performed face-to-face clinical assessments for the identification, evaluation, coordination, and management of member needs and collaborated with members, caregivers, families, natural supports, and physicians to establish short- and long-term goals. She performed face-to-face clinical assessments for patients with a chronic health condition and mental health illnesses to ensure service qualification at Community-Based Adult Services Nurse, facilitating patient right to receive safe and efficient healthcare.
She received her Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As part of her studies, she completed three internships: US VETS Internship, MCLA Psychiatry, Outpatient Clinic Internship, and Brain Health USA, Outpatient Clinic Internship.
Certifications & Memberships
- Certified, California Board of Registered Nursing
- Certified, ANCC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board