Where is Dr. Tracy from?
Dr. Tracy is from Connecticut, she moved to North Carolina in July of 2017. Many patients in the area have already engaged in care with Dr. Tracy while she was working at Carolina Partners.
Where did Dr. Tracy go to school?
Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University
Diploma in Nursing from Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing
Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Fairfield University
What is a Nurse Practitioner and can Dr. Tracy meet my mental health need?
Nurse practitioners have advanced training in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. Dr. Tracy will provide each patient with a comprehensive evaluation, develop treatment plans, prescribe medications, order labs, make recommendations to other providers and other levels of care. There are occasional government forms that require a signature of an MD. In this case Dr. Tracy has an MD that she works with that will review the paperwork and cosign it for legal purposes.
Nurse practitioners can specialize in different areas of medicine. Dr. Tracy chose to specialize in Psychiatry and is Board Certified by the ANCC as Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Tracy did extensive course work and clinical hours both in the program for advance practice and in the doctorate program focused on treating mental health concerns. Dr. Tracy is licensed to see children and adults.
What mental health concerns does Dr. Tracy treat?
Dr. Tracy treats a wide variety of mental health concerns, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, generalized anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, behavior problems, and ADHD . This is not an exhaustive list by any means. Please inquire if you have specific questions. The two areas that Dr. Tracy does not treat are dementia related illnesses and acute substance use. However if a patient has been in treatment for six months and staying sober, Dr. Tracy will provide support for the patient’s general psychiatric needs if the patient is engaging in specific substance abuse treatment with another provider or agency. Dr. Tracy does not prescribe medication directly related to substance abuse recovery such as methadone, suboxone, naltrexone. Dr. Tracy does not prescribe medical marijuana.
What is Dr. Tracy's treatment style?
Dr. Tracy provides supportive, compassionate and mindful treatment to her patients. Many patients are often left wondering what their diagnosis is, why they have that diagnosis and can often be confused about the treatment recommendations. One area that Dr. Tracy excels in partnering with the patient in their care and providing excellent education on every aspect of treatment. Pharmaceuticals are often used in treatment but they are only part of a patients treatment plan, natural supplements and life style changes are often recommended as well. Dr. Tracy will often use part of the appointment time to discuss quality of life issues along with response to medication. Most follow up appointments are 30 minutes, but if patient is in remission and only requires a brief follow up, the patient can request a 15 minute appointment.
Does Dr. Tracy provide inclusive care?
Dr. Tracy provides appropriate care to all patients regardless of gender orientation, national origin, religion, body size, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, type of car, and favorite team. Dr. Tracy appreciates it when her patients identify what pronoun they prefer. Dr. Tracy does inquire about many of these attributes to provide culturally appropriate care.