B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993
B.S.N., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1993
M.N., University of Washington, 2001
ANCC: Adult Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner, 2001
Why I work at Neighborcare Health:
I am employed at Neighborcare health through a grant to expand mental health care to primary care clinics. Providing mental health care in the primary care setting increases the access for clients who often would not get mental health treatment. I had already known of Neighborcare’s excellent reputation in the community for providing quality health care to underserved individuals. I find it gratifying to provide needed mental health services to those in great need, people who often do not have access to mental health care.
Piruz has worked for Navos, a community mental health agency as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, treating older adults and regular age adults in nursing homes, assisted living, adult family homes and outpatient clinics. For the past 12 years he has worked with the University of Washington in developing and implementing a training program to each caregivers how to effectively work with those who live with dementia. He is a geriatric mental health specialist.
Piruz is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in Seattle for the past 12 years and considers Seattle home. In his spare time he practices some stand-up comedy and lives with a cat who is “the bane of my existence.”