Cija is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Psychiatric care and medication management. She graduated in 2020 from Northwest Nazarene University receiving her Master’s in Nursing. Cija loves working with adults and the elderly, but also sees teenagers and young adults. She has a soft spot in her heart for the veteran population. Her brother is a Persian Gulf War Navy veteran, and her father is a Vietnam War Army veteran.
Cija started her career as a registered nurse working in a hospital setting. She worked in the intensive care unit, cardiac care, and medical-surgical units. Her favorite part of working in a hospital setting was helping educate patient’s and family about lifestyle changes which would help improve their overall outcomes. Cija believes strongly in education and combining physical wellbeing with mental health. “I believe a person who has continual chronic health problems will be at a higher risk for psychiatric complications like depression or anxiety. On the flip side, people who suffer from chronic mental illness have a higher risk for chronic health problems. Our bodies, minds and spirits are interconnected and must all be nourished and treated equally.”
Cija’s greatest loves in life are her husband, children, and faith. She enjoys reading a good book, traveling, and making jewelry. She was drawn to psychiatric care because of her own children’s need for quality care. The difficulty in finding providers, when her children were in need, drew her attention to the significant shortage of psychiatric providers. She felt her education and personal experience were well suited to help fill this gap.
One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart. — Linda Poindexter.