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Making Frontline Mental Health a Priority with Katie Walker

Katie Walker saw the gap in mental health care and decided to take matters into her own hands. In today’s episode, Katie is going to tell us how she helps people with mental health problems and how she reaches out to the often overlooked frontline workers, including nurses, physicians, law enforcement personnel and veterans. Katie also focuses her efforts on athletes that sometimes need help with the stress and pressure they are under in performing at the top of their game.

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Katie Walker has been a CRNA for the past 10 years. Although she loves giving anesthesia, she felt there was more she could be doing to help others. She decided to open the Revitalist Clinic. Her clinic offers ketamine infusions as well as a holistic approach to treat patients with depression. Katie’s clinic has psych mental health NPs & psychologists, and is working to add neurologists as well. She runs her clinic with a nursing foundation: by treating the whole patient, not just a diagnosis.

Katie’s work has shown her that there are many groups of people that are caregivers, but are often not supported in their mental health needs. Healthcare workers that deal with caring for patients, police, firefighters, veterans and athletes are often overlooked and under-supported when it comes to their own well-being. The Revitalist Clinic is based in Tennessee but soon will expand to a larger region. If you are dealing with burnout, depression, anxiety, PTSD or any other mental health issue, please reach out for help.

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About Katie Walker

Katie has worked as a full-time provider at Revitalist since its official opening in February 2018. Since that time, she has participated in providing care and support to thousands of individuals receiving ketamine and vitamin infusions.

Since transitioning as a Nurse Anesthesiologist in the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting, Katie and her team have been invited to speak at several conferences detailing their cutting-edge infusions and therapies for treatment-resistant conditions. She has been proud to speak at the European Branch of the American Counseling Association, the Tennessee Licensed Practicing Counselors Association, and Tennessee’s Prescription Drug Task Force.

Katie continues to work in conjunction with clients, therapists, and their established providers to help provide a comprehensive environment to best advocate consistency of care to optimize outcomes. In her spare time, Katie has expanded her care and expertise as a hired consultant with providers across the United States and United Kingdom sharing her years of experience and insight to best help clients and providers alike. Katie is an active member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Neuroscience Education Institute, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

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