Mary Schwering, FNP-C, PMHMP-BC
- Behavioral Medicine
Accepting New Patients
- St. Luke's Hospital
- Gender: Female
Why did you become a mental health services provider? The reason I became a nurse practitioner was to provide better community access to both mental health and medical care. When my children were young, the closest mental health provider was more than 50 miles away from our home. I realized then that things needed to change.
What qualities best describe the care you provide to your patients? I belive my background as a nurse has helped me provide holistic, quality care to my patients, both medically and mentally. Mental and physical health are deeply intertwined, and both need to be considered when treating a patient.
Being a healthcare provider, what drives/motivates you each day? I am driven by my desire to help others. I was raised to always reach out a helping hand when I am able to do so.
What is the most important message you would like to share with your patients? I would like my patients to know that I have also experienced difficulties in my life and I feel like I understand people better because of the things I have gone through. I will always listen and hear them, and I will not judge them. I am here for them.
What would you like your patients to know about you? I grew up in Iowa. I have two adult children, both with mental health issues. I understand what it is like to be sitting on either side of the room.
Personal Interests I like to hike, swim and bowl. Our family owns a bowling alley, which is where I met my husband.