Meet Our Team

At Inspired Psychiatric Care, we are committed to working with dedicated professionals who come from a broad range of experience and education. Our providers often participate in or hold leadership roles in professional organizations. They also contribute to articles in leading journals, host webinars and make presentations at conferences.


Subbu Sarma

Subbu J. Sarma, MD

Psychiatrist, Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine

Dr. Subbu J Sarma, a native of Chicago, brings a patient-centered approach to his work. He attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1995. Despite his love for science, two of his favorite subjects included philosophy and theology. He then attended St. Louis University Medical School where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1999. Following that, he completed a four-year psychiatry residency at The Chicago Medical School.

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Elizabeth Blanchard Hills | Inspired Psychiatric Care

Elizabeth Blanchard Hills, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth Blanchard Hills brings a broad range of experience and maturity to her role as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). After earning a master’s degree in journalism (MSJ) from Northwestern University in 1988, she was an award-winning television medical reporter for ten years. This was followed by five years as a corporate trainer and several entrepreneurial pursuits related to health care.

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Glenda Hernandez | Inspired Psychiatric Care

Glenda Hernandez

LSCSW (KS), LCSW (MO)

Glenda Hernandez provides a unique perspective to her role as a social worker. She came to the United States from Mexico at the age of 10, and she is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has also served in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) since 2004, including a 10-month deployment to Iraq in 2017.

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Shane Alexander Hills | Inspired Psychiatric Care

Shane A. Hills

Practice Manager/Owner

In 2020, Shane A. Hills launched Inspired Psychiatric Care, Inc., (IPC) in Overland Park, Kan., with the simple credo of “Compassion, Excellence and Convenience.”

The office is serene and welcoming with beautiful works of original art, a trickling water fountain, and subtle spa music in the background.

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Kathy Steen

Kathy Steen, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Kathy grew up in Alabama, South Korea, and Tennessee. She completed her BSN at Middle Tennessee State University. While working on a cardiac-stepdown unit, she observed that patients who understood their disease process required fewer hospitalizations over time because they made choices that supported better health. This started a gradual career shift into roles that emphasized health-related education.  

 Over the next decade, Kathy taught nutrition classes to uninsured working clients, designed and led an employee wellness program, and managed a wellness-focused primary care clinic. A transition into national-level consulting in 2008 relocated her to Kansas City, which quickly became home. After a decade helping doctors reduce wait times, delegate to their teams effectively, and improve patient care by using data to find missed opportunities, Kathy returned to school and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.

On achieving certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner she joined the Inspired Psychiatric team. Kathy sees clients from ages 5 to 105 and loves collaborating with each to discover the unique combination of knowledge, skills, evidence-based supplements, and medicine that helps them feel their best.  

When not at work, she enjoys converting her lawn into an oasis of herbs and flowers, rescuing and retraining fear-aggressive Great Danes, and making small upgrades to her nearly 100-year-old home.

Julie Owens

Julie Owens, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The first thing one is likely to notice about Julie Owens is her friendly disposition and sincere desire to help her patients improve upon their mental health. She brings a diverse perspective to her role, having been a software engineer and registered nurse before becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

“I love seeing people improve,” she says. “And my most gratifying cases are the more complicated ones – such as when someone has been on a variety of medications but still has not found the optimal combination. I believe that success starts with digging for the most accurate diagnosis first.”

Julie Owens was born in Nebraska but grew up in the northland area of Kansas City, MO. She began her career with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She worked two years as a software engineer before deciding to pursue her interest in nursing (her mother, aunt and cousins had all been nurses).

She graduated from Baker University in 2005 with a B.S. in Nursing and invested 13 years as a nurse in a variety of settings, including plastic surgery, cancer treatment and school nursing. With her diverse background, she then attended Walden University (Minneapolis, MN) to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Julie generally specializes in adults, but occasionally sees adolescents.

Christina Layton

Christina Layton, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner

Christina Layton radiates energy, commitment, and curiosity. She is not only a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, but also a family nurse practitioner. She has traveled extensively, even as a nurse educator in the east African country of Uganda. She dedicated her entire year in 2020 as a bedside nurse for COVID-19 patients in New York and Texas.

Christina’s diverse experiences and educational background lend her a valuable perspective in her capacity as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

“I pride myself on the compassion that I provide to my patients,” she says. “They often tell me that they feel heard and validated after talking with me, which is my ultimate goal. I want my patients to feel supported.”

Practicing the same self-care that she recommends to her patients, Christina leads a rich and rewarding personal life. She competes in triathlons, camps, hikes, and travels.

She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in 2021. She and her family like to travel and take their two dogs (a Goldendoodle and a Bernedoodle) to the dog park.

Graduate Students

Graduate Students may be Participating

Elizabeth Blanchard Hills, PMHNP is a former corporate trainer herself and believes strongly in giving back to the community through mentorship of graduate students who are working to complete their graduate work to become psychiatric nurse practitioners. These students are thoroughly vetted and come from highly reputable institutions such as Vanderbilt (her alma mater), KU, UMKC, Wilkes University and others. We reserve the right to have a graduate student(s) participate in your care while supervised directly by Elizabeth.