Kim Abbott, Psychiatric Mental Health DNP
Kim Abbott was raised in Burbank, CA and graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Health Care Systems Administration. She went back to school after learning children were waiting 6 months to see a psychiatric practitioner. Kim graduated with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and was awarded the Outstanding DNP Student award. Her undergraduate thesis focused on a community health program for disadvantaged women, her graduate thesis highlighted welfare to work issues of substance abusing women, and her doctoral project focused on implementing a trauma screener here at Families First Pediatrics.
Kim is trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Theraplay, and Attachment Focused Family Therapy (AFFT). Her medical internship was spent at The Children’s Center and Primary Children’s Child Day Treatment program. She has been a part-time pediatric nurse for over 20 years, with the last 10 years working in psychiatric inpatient and residential settings. She believes in a strength based approach and collaborating with families to find the best course of treatment for their child. Kim has 7 children and knows first hand the chaos, fun, and laundry that comes with raising a large family. She enjoys running, date nights to the Hale Centre Theatre, being a volunteer sign language interpreter, and skiing with her family.