Abbie Kelley, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a medication management provider at our Cedar Rapids and Coralville locations and works with individuals ages five and up. She especially enjoys helping those who experience anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. In addition, she has a decade of experience managing an inpatient psychiatric unit.
Driven by experiences
Abbie did not plan on working in the mental health field originally. However, she became passionate about it after gaining some experience in it. She recognizes that it is an underserved industry considering so many individuals experience at least some type of mental health disorder. Another factor that drives Abbie is her own experiences with anxiety and the coping skills that she has found useful in managing it. She enjoys sharing similar tools with others.
Motivated to Help Others
Her favorite aspect of her job is that she feels she can spend more time with those seeking help. For example, she is able to really assess what they are going through and work with them to develop a treatment plan that is a good fit for them. In her opinion, utilizing both medication management and traditional therapy together will provide the best outcome. The ability to help people take these steps is very motivating for her each day.
For Abbie, the greatest reward in her work is knowing that she made a difference for someone. There are a lot of ups and downs in the mental health industry, which makes the positives that much sweeter. For instance, she has a lot of experience with crisis and trauma situations. These can be some of the most difficult situations to process, but Abbie does everything she can to help people get back to a happy, healthy state of mind. This includes teaching people skills and coping tools to help get themselves through difficult times. Her favorite moments are when she learns about people using these tools effectively in their lives.
Outside of work, Abbie enjoys spending time with her husband and four boys. She also enjoys collecting vintage vinyl, kayaking, reading a good book, and binge-watching Netflix.