Mary Kwiecinski

PMHNP, CNM

Bio

Mary Kwiecinski is a dual board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in the fields of women’s health and mental/behavioral health care. Mary has practiced as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) in Virginia since 2007, and has recently obtained a post master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

A native to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mary obtained a Bachelors of Nursing Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a Registered Nurse for the UPMC Health System for 5 years. Seeking an advanced practice degree, she pursued her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from the Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing in Kentucky, with a residency completed at The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health, as well as Allegheny Health System of Pittsburgh.

Upon graduation she moved to Virginia to start her midwifery career and soon realized that women’s health and mental health were delicately intertwined, and desired to further her education to offer more comprehensive services in both fields. She attended Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri with a residency completed at a local Community Services Board (CSB), as well as the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents inpatient facility. Her clinical focus was in the Program for Community Assertiveness (PACT) where she provided both office and home visits to individuals requiring a higher level of psychiatric services. Additionally, Mary spent time in the substance use disorder clinic, and is now a certified Buprenorphine DEA X-waivered provider. Additionally, Mary co-facilitated group therapies for addiction, anger, grief & transitions and women’s substance use. She also provided proctored individual counseling sessions with medication management. Her experience with children and adolescents was provided in the inpatient arena where Mary engaged in interdisciplinary care and family therapy to help create safe and understandable discharge plans of care.

She is joining Brightways in August 2020 to offer convenient telepsych visits throughout the lifespan. As a certified nurse midwife, she has a strong interest perinatal health care, postpartum depression, adjustment disorders and women’s health. Her passion for women’s health was recognized when she was awarded the 2017 Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year for the state of Virginia. As a mother of four children (including premature twins), she personally understands when birth plans go awry, and the toll the fourth trimester can have on a new mother and family. Mary also enjoys working with individuals with a substance use disorder to meet individuals where they are at, and help pave the way to a brighter future.

When she is not at work you may find her off on a hiking trail, camping or fishing. She has a Black Belt in Okinawan Kempo Karate, and enjoys working out in her local gym with her family.

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