Candice Rugg, PMHNP-BC - Community Psychiatry

Candice Rugg, PMHNP-BC

Candice Rugg, BSN, RN-BC, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, who received her undergraduate degrees from Mills College and Samuel Merritt University and her advanced practice education from the University of California, San Francisco. Her specialty training was provided by the San Francisco Department of Veteran’s Affairs with a focus on complex medication management and substance use disorders. Since 2011, she has worked extensively in community mental health since in both assertive community treatment outpatient and inpatient settings, providing individual therapy and medication management.

She is especially interested in working with patients who may struggle with substance use disorders approaching treatment from harm reduction model, utilizing trauma-informed care and considering a holistic whole-person focus when considering treatment options with her patients. Care offered is client-centric and non-judgmental.

Other areas of interest include sexual health/sex positivity and is passionate about providing culturally sensitive care that is gender-affirming, body positive, Alt sex/Alt relationship-affirming, LGBTQIA informed (+ally). Candice loves offering up book recommendations and podcasts to her patients, and loves receiving recommendations back as well. In her spare time, she’s likely to be getting lost in Mexico City.

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