The Veterans Memorial Hospital Behaviroal Health Clinic opened on October 17, 2022. Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner provides behavioral and mental health services for all ages.
Tara provides assessment, diagnosis, and medication management for those struggling with mental health concerns, she can provide some brief supportive therapy and assist with lifestyle modification/ non-pharmacological options to support mental health. Tara will work alongside her team and collaborate with community resources to help patients find behavioral health services such as psychotherapy (counseling) to utilize in addition to the services she can provide. Such services include but are not limited to.
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorders
- Childhood Mental Health Concerns
- Personality Disorders
- Sleep Disorders
- Trauma/Stress-related Disorders
“Helping people, the bottom line is the biggest reason that I chose a career in mental health. After a history with my own mental health struggles, it was difficult to find good support in rural Iowa and I vowed to help change this for others in this community who are struggling. I also find it wildly Interesting to learn how the brain works. I have an interest in helping people in their efforts to achieve psychological resilience and self-actualization,” explains Tara Fink, PMHNP. “With my advanced nursing degree, I have the opportunity to make a greater impact within the community. I plan on seeing all patients through the lifespan in order to reduce barriers for all ages in the community.”
Tara was drawn to working at Veterans Memorial for the location and the fact this is an underserved, rural Iowa Community. “My passions are Holistic & Integrative Mental Health Care, Improvement in psychological resilience, reduction of stigma, improved culture of acceptance, barrier reduction” adds Tara.
“My role model is Patch Adams and I plan to practice in a way that aligns with his values/morals. I have a passion for improving our healthcare system and like Patch, I strongly believe that creativity, joy, and laughter are essential elements of the healing process. I believe strongly in integrative approaches to medicine and one of my favorite quotes from Patch, is ‘You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome. I am very excited to start my career in this community and I dedicate myself and my time to improving mental healthcare in our area.”
Monday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Clinic Phone Number: 563-568-5530
Clinic Location: 105 East Main Street; Waukon, IA 52172