Umu Coomber-Benjamin

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-ARNP

Umu Coomber-Benjamin is a Board Certified Adult Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with a Master’s degree in Nursing and a specialization in Psychiatric Mental Health Care. My training allows me to conduct psychiatric evaluations, make diagnoses, prescribe medications and supplements, and do nutritional and wellness counseling. I come from a holistic and integrative approach focus, focusing on the whole person, mind and body. Nutrition, exercise and therapy and how it affects our physical and mental health is of particular interest to me. My approach to patient management is to prescribe medications in a conservative, effective and safe manner.
Umu Coomber-Benjamin academic background is significant for having acquire her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with Hampton University. She further her education by acquiring her Masters of Nursing Science in Psychiatric Mental Health at Walden University. She is currently completing her integrative functional psychiatry fellowship with Dr James Greenblatts of Redefined Psychiatry.

NP Benjamin clinical background and experience have primarily been focused on the treatment of children and adults in an outpatient setting with previous experience with my previous experienced included inpatient and partial hospitalization program treatment of children and adults. I have experience with the treatment of broad spectrum of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, panic, mania/hypomania (bipolar), psychosis, attention deficits and hyperactivity (ADHD), post-traumatic stress (PTSD), Traumas, personality disorders, substance abuse and dependence and more.
Prior to earning her master’s degree, she worked as a certified critical care registered nurse in Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit treating babies and kids with congenital cardiac dysfunctions and defects, to moving into Trauma Intensive Care treating adolescents and adults post traumatic medical emergencies, into Adult Cardiovascular Unit post heart transplant, valves replacement, on ventricular assistive devices to heart attack and bypasses, into inpatient psychiatry locked down unit for the last 14 years. All of these experiences and exposures have been significantly tremendous to my growth as an individual and a provider
Umu Coomber- Benjamin practiced as a PMHNP initially inpatient pediatric psychiatry unit, transiting to partial hospitalization pediatrics into outpatient family psychiatry. In all of these settings, she became aware of the significant impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences or Exposures directly contribute to the instabilities of youth’s mental health disorders. acquired experience working with very complex patients, including the chronically mental ill. Many of her youth clients were already struggling with significant medical metabolic dysfunctions and physical health problems as a secondary exposure due to mental health disorder. This observation brought about her passion to further her clinical practice in using holistic, integrative, interconnectedness and Interdisciplinary approach with significant emphasis on psychoeducation on aspects of nutritional, activity, genetics, epigenetics, trauma, toxins and environmental impact to lessen the burden of mental health disorder in her client population.
Her experience has primarily been focused on the treatment of children and adults in an outpatient setting with previous experienced with inpatient and partial hospitalization program treatment of children and adults. She is experienced with the treatment of broad spectrum of disorders including depression, anxiety, panic, mania/hypomania (bipolar), psychosis, attention deficits and hyperactivity (ADHD), post-traumatic stress (PTSD), personality disorders, substance abuse and dependence and more.
 
 
EXPERIENCE
Provider Benjamin is coming into her practice with 14+ years of healthcare management experience.  Prior to earning her master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. Her background is extensive for critical care medicine with both pediatric and adults, neuro-trauma intensive care medicine as well as inpatient behavioral health medicine,
She transitioned to private practice to optimize her vision of holistic integrative functional wellness approach. It has also allowed her to devote more of my energy into the areas of psychiatry that is involved in nutritional psychiatry, functional psychiatry with significant interest in botanicals, supplementation, exercise, mind and body therapies and conventional medications when needed.
 
APPROACH
Her approach to management and treatment begins with obtaining a thorough assessment and evaluation taking into consideration, genetic predisposition factors, chemical imbalance, nutrition deficits, life experiences, psychical activities, toxins etc.…  There is a big emphasis on education about your disease and wellness process.
Her also approach to patient management is to prescribe medications in a conservative, effective and safe manner. She come from a holistic functional and integrative approach-focusing on the whole aspect of personal wellness to account for nutrition, exercise and therapy.  
 
According to Provider Benjamin “I believe psychiatric medications can be extremely beneficial in many cases. I also believe medications are not for anyone, and at time for some individuals, not as beneficial due to the added burden of side effects and possible genetic predisposition causing increase side effect or lack of effectiveness.  I incorporate functional integrative psychiatry, psychoneuroimmunology principles, with the collaboration and consultant of medical specialist to aid with functional medicine aspect into my practice to assist in addressing possible root causes. In addition to conventional laboratory testing (LabCorp, Quest diagnostics), Our clinic and I are able to order more specialized laboratory testing and genetic testing.  Many of these highly specialized testing are not typically considered standard conventional medicine as such, there are cost to the client associated as insurance will not cover these testing. Proper education about the benefits of these specialized testing are explained to the client and the decisions are left to the client”. 
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