Kathy Henninger is a native Oregonian, residing in Portland Oregon with her partner of 15 years. She has one daughter, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren—all residing within 100 miles of Portland. Kathy has been a nurse since 1987 and a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 1997, receiving first her Baccalaureate and later, her Masters’ degree from Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Nursing, in Portland OR.
Kathy has spent the bulk of her nursing career caring for veterans at the Portland VA Medical Center. She started out on the inpatient psychiatric unit as a staff nurse, then as the unit charge nurse. During her graduate training, she continued to work for the VA Mental Health Division—branching out to spend several years doing psychiatric evaluations and dispositions for veterans presenting to the Emergency Department. She spent the last 14 0f her 27 years with the VA providing therapy and psychotropic medication management for veterans admitted to the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT). The PCT was an outpatient team that offered specialty trauma-focused group and individual therapy for veterans diagnosed with PTSD. This opportunity allowed Kathy to gain a wealth of experience working with people who had survived horrific combat trauma, military sexual trauma, trauma related to child abuse and/or neglect and traumas related to military operations in non-combat settings. In addition to doing direct care with veterans, Kathy enjoyed many years of mentoring nurse practitioner interns working on their own schooling needed to practice independently.
Kathy retired from the VA early 2015 and spent 18 months working on home and garden projects, as well as on other interests for which time had previously been short. In 2017 she began to do short ‘locum tenens’ assignments for a medical staffing company, gaining additional experience at civilian facilities at both in- and out-patient settings. She enjoys working directly with clients, finding that work highly satisfying.
Outside of work and family, Kathy likes to keep up on current events, beading, gardening, home design and repair, hiking, movies and documentaries, reading, taking road trips, having dogs and being in nature. She continues to love the Pacific Northwest and is excited to work with clients and staff in this new clinical setting.