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Our Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is Laura Hickman, MSN, RN, FPMHNP-BC. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Saint Louis University and is currently completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. Her Scope of Practice allows her to prescribe psychiatric medications in the State of Arizona as well as perform some therapy modalities.


She has 5+ years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Community Mental Health clinics (ages 5+ thru adulthood) as well as in Long Term Care/Assisted Living Centers. She also has 15+ years experience as a Registered Nurse in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatry. NP Hickman opened her own private practice in January 2018 and still works one day a week in Community Mental Health.

She is the founder of the Phoenix Area Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner group and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Association. She also serves as an active preceptor for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students. NP Hickman has also served on a provider panel for a pharmaceutical company.


NP Hickman has a vast amount of experience with behavioral health diagnosis' and has worked in complex settings for clients of all ages and illnesses. She excels at assessing, diagnosing and utilizing medication management while focusing on the whole-person. She is compassionate, ethical, and relies on evidence-based treatments, as well as maintaining supportive relationships with her clients. 

NP Hickman is passionate about helping others who are struggling with life and who are motivated to make goals to improve their symptoms. She frequently stresses the importance of good nutrition, adequate sleep, and prescribes medical foods or supplements (when appropriate). She also uses GeneSight (genetic testing) with patients who are frustrated with the use of medication trials. 

Patients will develop treatment goals from day one and the continuous work on these goals will keep the motivation for a better life. She frequently uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques to help motivate and normalize the symptoms that her patients face. 

NP Hickman services clients via telemedicine (using Doxy.me) in live time or with face-to-face visits in Phoenix, for ages six and throughout the lifespan.