Dr. Sarah Schirmer, DNP, M Ed., PMHNP-BCBC

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

 

Dr. Sarah Schirmer has over 10 years of experience in mental health care. She began her career as a licensed professional clinical counselor working with children and families after completing a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Louisville in 2006. She graduated the accelerated, second-degree bachelor of science in nursing program at Eastern Kentucky University in 2010 and went on to earn her doctorate of nursing practice degree in the psychiatric-mental health track at the University of Kentucky in 2015.

 

Dr. Schirmer is board certified by the ANCC to provide psychiatric mental-health treatment across the lifespan. She is licensed in Kentucky and Indiana and has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings.

 

She has extensive experience treating patients diagnosed with eating disorders and works to identify and treat conditions that can co-occur with eating disorders such as OCD, generalized and performance anxiety, medication and health anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar illness, and substance use disorders. She offers various treatment modalities such as medication management, genetic testing, and evidence-based therapy. She works collaboratively with patients and families as well as other treatment providers.

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Professional Education

2015
University of Kentucky, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing

2010
Eastern Kentucky University, B.S., Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

2006
University of Louisville, Master of Education (M.Ed.), Counseling Psychology

2003
Roanoke College, B.S., Psychology and Biology

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Certifications

  • Recovery Works, Indiana’s Forensics Treatment Program: Treatment Provider, May 2016–present
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, May 2015–present
  • American Red Cross: Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 2010–present

 

Publications

  • Schirmer, S. (2015). Improving Depression Care for Older Home Health Patients. https://uknowledge.uky.edu/dnp_etds/44/
  • Schirmer, S. (2014). Holistic Care at Home. MD Update, 4(82), p. 23.
  • Schirmer, S. (2013, May 19). [Letter to the editor]. Lexington Herald-Leader, p. E3.

 

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