Suzanne Shadix, PMHNP, has 24 years of combined experience in acute medical and advanced practice mental health nursing. She became a certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008 providing psychiatric medication management and psychotherapy to adults in Scottsdale and Phoenix with symptoms of depression and anxiety, adult ADHD, OCD, PTSD, grief and loss, life transitions (positive and negative) and more!

If appropriate, when symptoms are preventing you from functioning at work, school or home, she will provide psychiatric medication management. She tailors her approach to you, the individual, primarily using cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and strengths-based psychotherapy, working with you to determine the areas in your life where you would like some help.

Background and Education

Licensed by the States of AZ and WA as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with Prescriptive Authority. Board Certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Adult Psychiatric ARNP. Prescriptive Authority means she is licensed to prescribe medications within her specialty and scope of practice within AZ and WA. What is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)? Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice committed to promoting mental health through the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of human responses to mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. PMHNP is another term for Psychiatric ARNP.

  • Master of Nursing-University of Washington (2007) where she studied Advanced Practice Nursing in Psychiatry
  • Bachelor of Nursing-University of Manitoba (1996)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biology)-University of Winnipeg (1992)

Employment (1996-2019):

  • Equilibrium Mental Health, PLLC, Scottsdale, AZ (‘19-present)
  • Dignity Health Medical Group, Phoenix, AZ (‘18-‘19)
  • Started private practice Equilibrium Mental Health, PLLC, Seattle, WA (’10-’17)
  • Therapeutic Health Services, Seattle, WA (‘09-’11)
  • Community Psychiatric Clinic, Seattle, WA (‘08-’09)

Professional Experience & Interests

Prior to studying psychiatry, Suzanne worked as a Registered Nurse for twelve years in the field of acute care/cardiac care nursing starting out in her home city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and following her wanderlust as a traveling nurse to Arizona, Washington, and California, where she worked at leading university hospitals including Stanford University Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center.

Suzanne is currently in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is interested in neurobiology, anxiety and mood disorders, grief and loss, stress response and impact on physical health (autoimmune disease, chronic physical illness), and adult ADHD. She is also interested in the contribution of technology (especially the Internet and cell-phones) toward work-life imbalance and mental-physical imbalance. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI).