Born and raised in Chicago, Monica Wahls was surround by an extended family that included 49 first cousins! Her emigrant grandparents raised large families poor in resources, but rich in determination. Family, faith and a husband who gave her strength to complete a Mater’s at Rush University, enabled Monica to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
This “big city girl” moved to southern Oregon in 1984 to practice primary care while learning to celebrate rural life. In this setting, Monica developed a growing interest in how our minds impact out physical health.
A 2008 move to Portland presented the opportunity to complete a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Monica enjoyed learning about the brain’s complexity and resiliency. Two years of study in psychotherapy strengthened her belief that while we are injured in relationships, we have the capacity to heal in connection to others.
The professional relationship between patient and provider can be an important part of this healing process. Monica provides care for a full range of psychiatric needs, including the importance of good nutrition and exercise enhancing mental health, the correlation between trauma and substance abuse, racial/cultural identity development, PTSD, ADHD, Autism and narrative therapy.
When not at work, you’ll find Monica in quite solitude. When not at home, she spends time with: husband of 40+ years, one of three incredible daughters or six grandchildren. Monica takes delight in being called “Nana,” lap swimming, gardening, and walking long distances to enjoy Central Oregon.