About Whitney Johnson MSN, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C

A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is a nurse who has completed an advanced degree in order to provide behavioral health primary care across the lifespan. As a PMHNP, Whitney is able to bridge the gap that often exists between physical health and emotional health. She will diagnose and treat behavioral health conditions and substance use disorders, manage medications used to treat symptoms of behavioral health conditions, promote overall wellness, and advise on the safety and efficacy of complementary therapies and psychotherapy.

Whitney brings the rich experiences of a decade-long career as a nurse in behavioral health/community health. During her career, she has gained knowledge and experience in helping individuals who encounter difficulty in gaining access to healthcare services. Whitney believes that patients already possess the potential to reach their healthcare goals, and the provider is there to help them unlock that potential.

Education and Clinical Interests

Whitney completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Maryville University, St. Louis, MO. Whitney’s clinical interests include trauma/stressor related disorders, schizophrenia/psychotic disorders, personality disorders and substance use disorders. Whitney has a particular personal and professional interest in the health of Indigenous people, particularly dealing with intergenerational trauma and trauma unique to boarding school survivors/descendants. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation of Pine Ridge, SD, and the current chairwoman of the Fargo Native American Commission.

Licensure and Memberships

Whitney is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and licensed to practice through the North Dakota Board of Nursing. Whitney also holds a specialty certification in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International (PSI).

Personal Interests and Activities

Whitney enjoys spending time with her family, attending cultural/spiritual events that keep her close to her Lakota roots and expressing herself through various creative outlets (drawing, painting, etc.). Born and raised in rural South Dakota, Whitney is very drawn to spending time outdoors and enjoys teaching her children to appreciate and respect the environment.