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Kristi Thomas


Tell us a little about where you are from, where you grew up, where you went to school.

I am from Kansas City. I started my nursing career in 2004 when I graduated with my associate degree in nursing from Penn Valley Community College. I later traveled to multiple states as a nurse and settled in Arizona for a while. I discovered Grand Canyon University while there and went on to get my bachelor’s degree in nursing followed by a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on education.

Is there a specific population of patients that you’d like to focus on?

I enjoy caring for moms, especially new moms. One of the things that pushed me into seeking more information about being a mental health provider was the great need for improved care during the peripartum period. I want to focus on caring for pregnant and post-partum parents. With my experience as a NICU nurse and a mom, I have a lot to offer in this area. I am also trained in Perinatal Mood Disorders by Postpartum Support International.

I have also discovered that I enjoy leading group therapy and support groups, especially surrounding Spravato treatment. I enjoy talking to clients and getting to know them and everything that makes them unique. It is amazing to see the process of healing that takes place and the compassion and support clients show for one another. Sometimes I find it hard to believe this is my job because it rarely feels like work!

Why did you become a psychiatric nurse practitioner? What inspired you?

I have seen the need for psychiatric care in every area of my career. When I worked in the ICU, I cared for many patients who had attempted to take their lives. I also spent much time with their family members and family members of other ICU patients who were going through the trauma of seeing their loved ones in pain and poor health. I find fulfillment in working with people and helping them to cope with life’s struggles.

What do you find most gratifying about your work?

The most gratifying thing about my work is every time I see a client walk in with brightness and hope in their eyes. There is no greater feeling than knowing that I had even a small role in their healing.


ADHD • Anxiety • Bipolar • Depression • OCD • Post-Partum Depression • Spravato • Trauma