We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Jonathan V. Llamas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Jonathan, how does your business help the community?
Mental illness can be just as debilitating as physical illness—sometimes even more so.
New research reveals that Americans between 45 and 65 years old are experiencing more stress today than people did in the 1990s which may be due to various socioeconomic factors such as advancing technology, complicated family and relationship dynamics, and rising economic hardships.
As a DNP prepared Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I understand that mental health is vitally important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood and old age, and I’m extremely fortunate to have the unique opportunity to not only positively improve the mental health of my patients but also their quality of life.
Currently, I work in a private practice outpatient setting located in Pasadena, CA where I primarily treat the adult population suffering from a variety of mental health disorders such as Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and ADHD.
I firmly believe in a holistic, empathetic, and patient-centered approach, uniquely assessing each person to construct an individualized treatment plan exclusively tailored to meet their physical, mental, and emotional needs.
In my spare time, I serve as the Chapter President for the West Coast University Alumni Association and teach as an Adjunct Professor for the FNP Online Nursing Program at West Coast University.
In addition to this, I also write articles for various publications such as Minority Nurse Magazine (Springer Publishing Company), NP Student Magazine, and MedPage Today and use my social media presence to help promote mental health awareness and inspire the future generation of healthcare professionals through educational posts, motivational interviews, and compelling podcasts.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I truly value the meaningful connections that I make with my patients each and every day.
As someone who has worked in Psychiatry for more than eight years, I’ve learned that it is just as important to establish trust and rapport with the patient as is choosing the correct diagnosis.
Oftentimes, providers and clinicians are so focused on the patient’s symptomatology that they lose touch with the human connection and fail to actively anticipate the patient’s needs.
Since mental illness continues to be widely stigmatized around the world, one of the greatest lessons that I’ve learned is that just because it’s not visible, doesn’t mean it’s not real.
Mental illness affects everyone differently, and as a mental health professional, it is important to remember to treat the person holistically and not just the disease alone.
Therefore, I truly believe that more conversations need to be made to not only normalize mental illness but also help provide valuable resources to those who need it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is such a difficult question to answer because Los Angeles is such an amazing city filled with many exciting attractions and fun things to do.
If I had a best friend that was visiting me from out of town, I would first take them on a stroll through the stunning gardens at the Huntington Library or on a nature hike to catch a breathtaking view of Los Angeles from the Griffith Park Observatory.
I would then take them to one of my favorite brunch places called Fig & Olive in Newport Beach where we would share a laugh over a glass of mimosa and their famous Riviera Crostini.
After brunch, we would take a scenic drive to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to admire modernist masterpieces, large-scale contemporary works, traditional Japanese screens, and to take pictures in front of their famous streetlights exhibit.
From there, we could do a little shopping at either Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or Westfield Century City while sipping on an iced matcha latte from Alfred.
As the sun begins to set, I would take them up to have a gorgeous sunset photo in front of the Hollywood Sign, and then I would drive them to Downtown LA to eat at one of my favorite night restaurants, 71 Above, which offers elevated modern American cuisine with sweeping 360-degree views from nearly 1000 feet above ground level. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I personally would not be the man nor the provider that I am today without God and the love and support of my parents, siblings, and my girlfriend.
Coming from a very religious family, my parents raised me under the guiding principles of Christian faith, which have allowed me to acquire and cultivate the values of compassion, integrity, justice, and humility that I continue to uphold today.
My parents and family were instrumental in ensuring that I not only understood the importance of being kind to others but also treating everyone equally and respectfully.
Thanks to their guidance and the continuous support and encouragement of my siblings and girlfriend, I consider myself extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to utilize the values that I’ve learned to foster a culture of trust and empathy with my patients while also continuing to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me.
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