• Sara


    • The Serious Stuff

      Sara is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with additional certifications in Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health (PMHS) and Trust Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI®). Sara received her Masters in Nursing from the University of Nebraska. She has also completed a Pediatric Mental Health Specialty Fellowship with Ohio State University. Sara has worked in Pediatric Health Care for over 20 years. Her primary area of practice has been in Pediatric Emergency. Sara’s passion for pediatric mental health care, developed in the ER working with children and families during mental health crisis’ and at home, caring for her five internationally adopted children. Professionally and personally this gives Sara a unique insight when working with families. Sara’s mission is to provide parents and children the ability to bond and connect with one another to reestablish and maintain a balanced life as a family. Sara has a holistic approach, not only looking at medication, but also how the the family structure, environment, nutrition, and the child’s developmental history affect the overall well-being of the child. Sara welcomes all ages, birth to 21 years with a focus on complex developmental trauma related disorders and behaviors, ADHD, depression, and anxiety.

      Trust Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI®) are private pay services only. If you are seeking TBRI® services, please contact Sara through her lifeworks email or at 4kids@bubblesandbandaides.com instead of calling the office.

      Sara works out of both the Ankeny and Des Moines offices.

    • The Fun Stuff

      In her free time Sara enjoys spending time with her incredible children and husband, watching their soccer, karate, and gymnastic events, playing board games and outdoor activities or time with her extended family. Sara has interests in sports, music, art, international culture, and immigrant families. When she is not with her husband or kids you can find her playing her Euphonium with the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Iowa State University. Go Cyclones!!

      We want to specify that at this point, Sara is credentialed with Wellmark only. We may work on additional insurances. Clients must be 21 years or under for medication management services.