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Kristen Fernandez-Kong, DNP, PMHNP

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ANCC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board-Certified (PMHNP-BC)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice from Oregon Health & Science University in 2021

  • Master of Nursing as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Oregon Health & Science University in 2019

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Cornell College in 2015


My philosophy of care is grounded in compassion, empathy, and a commitment to improving the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges. 


My approach to care begins with establishing a therapeutic relationship built on trust, respect, and open communication. I value active listening and seek to understand each patient's unique experiences, concerns, and goals. By fostering a safe and non-judgmental environment, I empower my patients to openly express themselves, allowing for more accurate assessments and personalized treatment plans.


Understanding the interconnectedness of mental health and overall wellness, I emphasize a holistic approach to care. I recognize the importance of addressing the physical, emotional, and social aspects of my patients' lives to achieve optimal mental well-being. I collaborate with patients to develop individualized care plans that incorporate evidence-based practices, considering their specific needs, cultural background, and personal values.


I believe in the importance of education and empowerment. I strive to educate my patients about their conditions, treatment options, and self-care strategies. By fostering patient understanding and autonomy, I empower individuals to actively participate in their own recovery journeys. I value the role of shared decision-making, where we work collaboratively to explore treatment options, considering both benefits and potential risks.


I recognize the significance of continuous learning and professional growth. I stay up to date with the latest research and developments in psychiatric care to provide the highest quality of evidence-based treatments to my patients. I value interdisciplinary collaboration, working closely with other healthcare professionals, therapists, and community resources to ensure comprehensive and integrated care.


I seek to empower individuals, reduce stigma, and promote a compassionate and inclusive approach to mental healthcare.


Aloha! I am from Hawaii and have lived in Portland since 2016. My hobbies include adorable animals, especially my cats Ember and Elissa, traveling, warm beaches, and running with teams.



205 SE Spokane St 
Suite 300
Portland OR 97202

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