Cara received both her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the University of Arizona (UofA). As she focused her practice on adult mental health, in 2015, she obtained her post-master’s certificate from Arizona State University (ASU), which allowed her to expand her treat all ages (family certificate). She also received her Doctoral Degree from ASU, which allowed her to focus on innovative leadership and enhanced implementation of evidence-based practice in the clinical environment.
Along with her degrees, Cara has received numerous awards from: Regent’s Waiver (top 5% of graduates), University of Arizona Honor’s Program (1995-2002), Henry Heller Scholarship (1998-2000), Arthur Zuber Academic Award and Scholarship (2000-2001), Arizona University Alumni Award and Scholarship (2000-2001), Dean’s List: University of Arizona College of Nursing (1995-2002), Mary Jeffery’s Scholarship (2001), Who’s Who in Professional Women (2004-2005), Ray Holmes Award of Excellence Nominee (2003-2006, 2014-2017), Southwest Behavioral Health Employee of the Year –Northern Arizona(2010), Nancy Melvin Scholarship: Arizona State University (2015), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Induction (2015).
Over the course of the last 17-years, Cara has developed a confident and unique practice style. She strongly believes that developing a rapport with patients creates much improved outcomes. The attributes patients find appealing include a nonjudgmental approach, active-listening style, and an educational format that allows the patient to make an informed decision about their treatment. It is her goal to provide them with the tools necessary to improve their overall quality of life. Cara’s practice philosophy is one she adopted presented by Peplau, which suggested that psychiatry was an art form in which one could use one’s self in a purposeful and therapeutic way to assist others to affect changes in their understanding and behavior. She allows a
view of individuals from a holistic perspective, where the focus on care is on that of the patient, as well as the family, the environment and the social beliefs; all of which impact the patient’s illness and subsequent functioning.