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About Me.

With over 22 years of experience as an RN and 19 years as a Family Nurse Practitioner, my career has been marked by diverse clinical experiences spanning inpatient and outpatient mental health, emergency medicine, primary care, and occupational health. My approach to care is deeply influenced by nursing theory, particularly Hildegard Peplau's Interpersonal Nursing Theory, which emphasizes the humanistic interaction between nurse and patient. This model, enriched by Sullivan's Interpersonal Theory, positions the nurse as a participant observer, fostering a therapeutic relationship through roles such as a stranger building trust, a teacher sharing knowledge, a resource person providing crucial information, a counselor aiding in understanding life's challenges, a surrogate advocating for the patient, and a leader guiding towards treatment goals.

My practice also incorporates Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Reality Theory, recognizing the universal pursuit of fundamental needs such as power, belonging, freedom, fun, survival, and self-actualization. I understand that when individuals seek these needs in maladaptive ways, it can impact their mental health.

My wellness journey began after my 40th birthday when dissatisfaction with my health and appearance prompted a commitment to change. Despite the initial struggle with exercise and a personal training regimen that tested my limits, perseverance transformed my experience, making workouts an anticipated part of my day. Nutrition posed its own set of challenges, particularly my penchant for sugar and fats, but with time, healthy eating also became easier, especially as I began to see significant weight loss. Now, 50 pounds lighter and feeling fantastic, I'm keenly aware that my journey continues. My transformation serves not only as a testament to the possibility of wellness for everyone but also as an inspiration to my patients. I've learned that true health emanates from within and that by prioritizing our well-being, we can positively influence those around us.

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Duke University

Doctorate in Nursing Science

Executive Leadership

Nursing Education

At Duke School of Nursing, I was able to explore how I could use leadership skills to help underserved and marginalized individuals, especially those with Mental Health challenges. I was also able to explore how to teach Shared Decision Making to students and colleagues. My capstone Project: Integrating Shared Decision-making into Treatment Planning for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness aimed to improve the comfort level of mental health clinicians by implementing SDM during outpatient mental health treatment planning.


Pace University

Masters In Nursing Science

The Pace University Family Nurse Practitioner program helped me learn important skills and knowledge so I can make a big difference in the health of families and communities. This is where I found my love for treating underserved and marginalized individuals and families. While at Pace, I was able to learn everything I needed to know to start working as an ANCC Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.


The College Of New Rochelle

Bachelor In Nursing Science

At the College of New Rochelle, I gained the essential skills required for a career as a Registered Nurse (RN). Through a combination of laboratory, clinical, and classroom experiences, I was educated in key areas such as patient care, research, health promotion, safety, and quality in the healthcare system.

Licensure: Dr. Juanita Perkins is licensed in North Carolina and New York State as a Family Nurse Practitioner

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