Heather Sarkis earned her Bachelors degree in Nursing, with a Minor in Education, from the University of Florida. After graduation she soon became the charge nurse of the Child & Adolescent inpatient unit at Shands Vista. In this role she worked closely with children, adolescents and their families as well as physicians and therapists to develop and implement holistic plans for each patient’s care. After transitioning to a Nurse Manager role at the UF Physicians Ear, Nose, Throat Clinic at Shands, Ms. Sarkis earned special recognition for nursing excellence among all the UF Physicians clinics. She then returned to the University of Florida to earn her Masters degree in Nursing, becoming a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.
Ms. Sarkis employs a comprehensive approach to treating children, adolescents, and adults with mood and anxiety disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She integrates many components in her approach to mental health care including individual and family psychotherapy, medication, stress and anxiety management, nutrition, communication, mindfulness, behavioral management, and education. She also has an interest in nutritional and functional medicine as it relates to mental health. Ms. Sarkis enjoys working with individuals as well as families to achieve positive treatment outcomes.
Ms. Sarkis is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNP) and currently serves as a member of the Child & Adolescent Council Expert Panel. She is also a member of the International Society for Psychiatric Nurses, American Nurses Association, and the Florida Nurses Association. She and her family are Lifetime Members of the University of Florida Alumni Association and supporters of the University of Florida’s Performing Arts program.