Kimberly Blend, ARNP
Kimberly Blend, ARNP believes that the body is an integrated holistic system and to attain optimal health we must treat the body as a whole.
Aligned with this philosophy, Kim partners with you, the patient, and the other health care providers at The Blend Institute to treat you as a whole. Toward that goal she provides a number of services targeted toward the care of your behavioral and emotional needs.
The field of mental health is rapidly growing and Kim offers a number of services to help you reach your goals for health and wellbeing.
Toward this pursuit she is presently offering the following services:
- Counseling for individuals, couples and families
- Neurotransmitter testing and targeted amino acid therapy
- Neurofeedback/EEG biofeedback
- Psychopharmacological medication management
- Pharmacogenetic testing
- Food sensitivity testing
Credentials/Philosophy of Provider
Kim is a master's degree-prepared, licensed Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry and mental health. Her traditional training, experience and national board certification allow for the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders and treatment with prescription medication management and psychological counseling.
However, her undergraduate work in Human Nutrition brings a unique perspective to her practice.
Rather than view emotional states such as anxiety, depression, attention issues, fatigue, insomnia, etc. as a diagnosis, she prefers to view her clients' experiences from a functional perspective.
What does this mean? For example, rather than label you with a diagnosis of depression, she prefers to view your symptom presentation from a biochemical and psychological perspective.
- "Biochemically" are you experiencing a deficiency of serotonin or an elevation of norepinephrine or glutamate in your neurological system that is contributing to your emotional state?
- "Psychologically" are you struggling with emotional stresses that are contributing to your emotional state that you might benefit from coaching or counseling?
- Perhaps both biochemical and psychological sources are contributing.
She feels it is important to take the time to get to know each of her clients well. In this way she can assure the best treatment for each individual. Based on in-depth information you provide in your initial intake paperwork and her initial evaluation, she will partner with you to develop an individualized plan for treatment.
This may include counseling, neurotransmitter (brain chemical) testing and neurotransmitter balancing with an individualized plan based on your specific symptoms using either natural targeted amino acid therapies or medications.
Treatment decisions will be arrived at with your input to insure your complete understanding and comfort in your treatment.
She is an expert in the area of neurotransmitter testing and amino acid treatment. As a national speaker on the subject, Kim often travels; this includes teaching other clinicians on the utility of neurotransmitter testing and efficacy of amino acid therapies.
Kimberly Blend, ARNP is committed to the use of the most innovative medicine in compassionate partnership with you to enrich your life.