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Diagnosis and provision of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological management for a variety of mental health conditions across the life span from pediatrics to geriatrics including:
Amanda Ford’s approach to psychiatric services is unique, patient-centered, compassionate, and truly an integrative experience. The foundation of her practice can be best articulated through the words of the great Dr. Frank Lipman: “ I believe that health is more than merely the absence of disease. It is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well being.” It is with such perspective that each patient’s care plan is uniquely tailored to take of one as a unique person rather than merely a diagnosis. Amanda provides psychiatric care across the lifespan from pediatrics as young as 4 years of age to geriatrics.
“I strongly believe that practicing good medicine is not just about prescribing a pill for a symptom, that’s like band aiding an abscess in my opinion. Good medicine is finding the cause of the symptom and treating that so as to remedy the symptom.” – Amanda K Ford, FNP-BC
Amanda takes great pride in working collaboratively with both her patient’s and their families, creating a treatment plan that is tailored towards helping the patient achieve his/her goals, taking into consideration one’s readiness for treatment while utilizing a blend of both traditional pharmacologic modalities and complimentary/alternative modalities. It is through such an approach to care that the journey towards healing is best-accomplished. It is of utmost importance to Amanda that the patient feels both confident in the plan and understands the plan.
Amanda’s career began at the Evans Haynes Burn center at VCU Medical Center, where she provided care across the lifespan ranging in acuity from intensive care to outpatient care. As Amanda reflects back on her experiences at the burn center, she states: “ this is where I learned the art of medicine at it’s very core.” It was within the walls of a place where no patient ever leaves quite the same, both in a physical and mental sense, that she learned one’s practice is not just about prescribing a medication, making a diagnosis, healing a wound, or successfully resuscitating someone back to life. More often it is about recognizing a basic human need that each person has, both young and old, which is the desire to BOTH understand and BE understood. The very best way to understand is to listen and empathize. This approach allows Amanda to best know how to approach care with that patient not only in a physical sense, but through the provision of psychological and spiritual support as well.
While at VCU Medical center, Amanda received numerous awards for Excellence in Patient Care, Leadership, Mentorship, and in the provision of Education to both patients and fellow colleagues. She has a heart for service and has been on mission trips to Nicaragua and Honduras, with the Friends of Barnabas organization. She is an active member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Holistic Nurses Association, and the Virginia Nurses Association. Amanda has a love of learning and is constantly immersing herself in continuing education and conferences focusing on a variety of psychiatric topics to stay current with the latest findings, updates, and recommendations for the provision of psychiatric care across the life-span.
Amanda Ford is a graduate of the Nurse Practitioner program at VCU School of Nursing, with a Master’s degree in Family Medicine. Amanda’s passion for medicine is primarily in treating mental illness. She especially enjoys helping young women as they transition into their teenage years through college and individuals with attention and concentration deficits.
“These years encompass such a pivotal time in a woman’s life, truly setting the groundwork from which one can fly. It is imperative that one has mental clarity, a strong sense of oneself, self-esteem, compassion, and perspective during these years. Such characteristics and perspective are imperative to the establishment of a strong foundation by which one can make the absolute best decisions for what one desires in life without doubt, confidence, clarity, optimism, and realistic expectations.”
Amanda has a diverse practice background working as a registered nurse at the Burn Center at MCV treating newborns to geriatrics with varying acuity needs as well as serving in multiple leadership roles. As a Nurse Practitioner, her clinical training rotations were diverse; in a downtown clinic serving the HIV/AIDs community, a family practice in Charlottsville Va specializing in both traditional and integrative medicine, cosmetic and clinical dermatology, plastic surgery for both aesthetics and chronic wounds, and an outpatient psychiatric practice treating both children and adults. Amanda’s background and expertise in medicine have given her a unique perspective, allowing her to assess one’s treatment needs from multiple perspectives, looking at one’s nutrition, hormones, thyroid function, labs, nutritional imbalances, social stressors, trauma, external stressors, chronic pain, illness, and sleep patterns; all of which are so integral to maintaining a well, balanced life, both mentally and physically.
Amanda grew up on a farm in rural Amelia County. She received her BSN from the University of VA and now resides in Richmond with her 3 dogs, Emma, Rascal, and Abigale. Outside of work, Amanda finds great joy in traveling, hiking, riding horses, making cheesecakes, reading, ballet, trying out new local restaurants, live music, volunteering and spending time with her friends, family, and furry critters.
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