Provider type: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Access for disabilities: Yes
NPI Number: 1992347629
Serving: 18 to 64
My name is Dr. Stella Tih. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have over 12 years of experience dealing with patients that suffer from mental health illness in both acute settings and out-patient settings. I have a doctorate degree in nursing practice. I have worked in different capacities in nursing ranging from supervisory position, manger, quality assurance manager, assistant director and director of nursing. My clinical experience as a provider in my practice has been to work in collaboration with my patients and paying close attention to their concerns.
I developed a passion to treat patients with mental illness because I have a brother-in-law that had schizophrenia and suffered a lot. This is because in Africa where I came from, there is no treatment and no hospitals to take care of patients that are mentally ill. Some family members do not understand the disease and the disease process so they consider it as a taboo when their love ones become mentally ill. Most patients are left on the streets to suffer and die, they are abandoned by their love ones because they see no hope or future for them. The stigma attached with mentally ill patients in my country is unbearable that is why I developed an interest to change this dynamic.
My education and training have changed my perspective when I started working as a nurse in a mental health facility in Los Angeles. I saw hope in the lives of patients as they were being treated with medications and therapy. With my educational background and experience, I bring in evidenced based medicine and therapy to make sure that my patients are well taken care of. I am able to see in the eyes of my patients letting them understand the disease process and making sure that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I have great experience treating patients with several mental disorders including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and many more. My patients are a priority and the most important component in my practice. Giving them the best treatment that there is, is not only a passion but it is my calling.
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