Lauren graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 2010 from the University of South Alabama. She continued her education to earn a Master's of Science in Nursing in 2016 from the University of South Alabama. Lauren is credentialed with the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Family Psychiatric Mental Health. Her professional career has seen a variety patient populations. She has served as an inpatient psychiatric hospitalist, and has worked at Gulf Oaks Hospital, Senior Harbor, and Garden Park Hospital. She is experienced in treating all ages and populations inculding adolescents, adults, geriatrics, military, first-responders and PTSD.

Elizabeth Zimmerman

LCSW

Joannie Evans,

APRN, PMHNP-BC

​​ Joannie Evans is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 
    Joannie began her nursing career at Pearl River Community College, graduating with an Associates Degree in Nursing in 2011. While gaining experience as an inpatient psychiatric registered nurse at Merit Health, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014. Her love for caring for psychiatric and mental health patients bloomed, and she proceeded to complete her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2016, claiming the title of PMHNP and achieving her goal to provide a higher level of care for people within the community 

    She has many years of psychiatric nursing experience caring for a broad spectrum of individuals suffering from psychiatric and/or mental health disorders, and her experience, including inpatient and outpatient care, has provided her with the vast knowledge to care for each individual's various needs wholly
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   Amber Wilson is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Family Psychiatric Mental Health. She began her nursing career at William Carey University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for Memorial Behavioral Health, as well as Merit Health Gulf Oaks impatient psychiatric facilities. Amber resumed her education and graduated with a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice in 2016 from University of South Alabama. She has practiced in inpatient and outpatient settings, treating a variety or mental illnesses. She has experience working with all ages and populations including pediatrics, adolescents, and geriatrics

Laura C. Puffer

M.Ed , LPC, NCC

Amber Wilson,

APRN,PMHNP-BC

    Elizabeth (Liz) Zimmerman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Gulfport, MS. She received her Bachelor's in Social Work Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, followed by her Master's Degree in Social Work  from the University of New England. In order to become a clinical social work therapist, Liz has attended two additional years of clinical training. She provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and humanistic therapy models. Liz has also coordinated therapy groups for an inpatient treatment program, and serves on the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Work Board of Directors as Healthcare Liaison. In addition, she has worked as a field instructor for the USM School of Social Work.

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Outpatient Mental Health Clinic

Lauren Sullivan, APRN,PMHNP-BC

  Laura received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice, with highest honors from the University of Southern Mississippi, followed by her Master's Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Southern Mississippi, as well.

   Laura has served as an Adjunct Professor with Tulane University, Biloxi campus. She provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and adolescents. Laura also has significant experience in treating Drug and Alcohol addiction. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Humanistic and Existential Therapy models to meet individual, personalized needs.

  She has worked in outpatient settings, inpatient clinical settings, as well as home based community service settings. Her passions include serving the seriously mentally ill and delivering psycho-education to patients and family members in order to achieve their goals of living their life at their fullest potential. Laura is also a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and has served her community's mental health needs over 23 years.