Susan Varesko



Susan Varesko is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating people of all ages. She was the first Psychiatric NP to graduate from the Washington State University extension program at Walla Walla Community College through a pilot program, the MIRA project, with plans to provide mental health services to underserved areas; which served adults exclusively. After graduating Susan opened a private practice in Milton-Freewater, OR and continued earning a post master’s degree through OHSU in order to treat children and adolescents. She is also licensed as a counselor with over 15 years of experience in mental health.

After closing her successful private practice Susan joined Modoc County in Alturas, CA as the only prescriber living in Alturas that ever prescribed exclusively in psychotropic medications. When she left Alturas she then worked in Los Angeles for four years and later took a position in Hollywood, CA via tele-psychiatry, for a couple of years, in order to move back to WA to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Since that time she is happy to join Brightways as their first mental health prescriber via tele-psychiatry.

Susan has a multitude of interests including a history of travel, snow skiing (downhill & cross country), water skiing, roller & ice skating, is an advanced scuba diver, hiking mountains, camping, grew up with parents owning a riding stables in Eureka, CA, has done mission work, and has a huge extended family network. Susan has done parasailing and zip lining and has collected Bennington clay marbles as a hobby since before grade school. She was a medical secretary in NYC, NY doing payroll at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and did medical billing and transcribing in her past positions. Susan loves working with her patients and does her best to help them find solutions towards their goals in wellness.

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