An Illinois native, Sheena has always had a deep passion with the exquisite complexities of the human brain. She became interested in the medical aspects of psychiatry and thus completed her undergraduate studies as a nursing major and psychology minor at Elmhurst College in the city of Chicago. She later completed her graduate studies obtaining a Masters of Science degree with honors as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. She later made the decision to move to beautiful, sunny California to practice as a nurse practitioner. She is an active member of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Sheena has always been dedicated to providing quality and compassionate patient care. She worked as an oncology and palliative care nurse at a renowned research hospital for 6 years in the city of Chicago. Throughout her journey in this area of medicine, she encountered a multitude of patients with severe psychosocial needs. This allowed Sheena to become intrigued and fascinated with human behaviors, thoughts, and the way that the mind works.
Soon after graduating as a nurse practitioner, Sheena spent a year training and working in a pain management and rehabilitation clinic where she also was exposed to multiple comorbid psychological conditions as result of being diagnosed with acute and chronic pain. These experiences allowed Sheena to utilize a more holistic approach in the diagnosis and treatment of her patients and ensuring to give equal consideration to both the mind and body. Throughout her years of practice, she came to realize the essential necessity for mental healthcare in this country and decided to move forward with dedicating her career to this field.
Sheena has always been fascinated with discovering vibrant cultures and countries, as well as has a great appreciation for nature. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling and sightseeing, as well as biking. In addition, she enjoys volunteering her time at local soup kitchens through her religious organization.