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Mary Ellen Dooley, APN, FNP, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Southeastern Regional Medical Center

"For me, it’s all about connecting with my patients and their caregivers. Because of the diversity of the patients I meet, each one is very special me and unique in his or her own way."

- Mary Ellen Dooley, APN, FNP, PMHNP-BC
Mary Ellen Dooley, APN, FNP, PMHNP-BC

Degree(s)

  • MSN, University of Colorado, Denver
  • FNP, Metropolitan State University, Denver
  • BSN, University of Colorado, Denver

Certification(s)

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Basic Life Support – American Heart Association

Practicing Since: 1984

With about three decades as a nurse practitioner, Mary Ellen Dooley brings to Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) her vast experience treating patients in the hospital and outpatient programs. She joined CTCA in Newnan, Georgia, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in March 2013.

Dooley specializes in diagnosing and treating patients who have psychological stress, including emotional and behavioral problems related to both cancer diagnosis and underlying mental health issues. Her evaluations focus on aspects of depression and anxiety, but cover the full spectrum of human interactions and life events.

“My patients face tremendous fear when they hear the word ‘cancer,’” Dooley says. “I fully assess their mental status and prescribe medication for their symptoms so their well-being improves and they can participate in making decisions about their own care. My motivation with each patients is to instill hope.”

Dooley earned her Master of Science in Nursing, concentrating on Psychiatric Mental Health, from the University of Colorado in Denver in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, also from the University of Colorado, in 1979. She was trained as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Metropolitan State University in Denver in 1984.

Dooley began working as a nurse practitioner in 1984. She has practiced in cardiology, general surgery, occupational medicine and psychiatry. Dooley found her passion at work by focusing on her skills of listening, counseling and managing emotional crisis. Her first clinical work experience with cancer patients was in 1993 at the Petersen Cancer Treatment Center, which is part of Stanford University Hospitals.

At CTCA, Dooley wants her patients to know she’s there to listen to them and address each of their concerns and challenges. Her goal is to give patients peace of mind and to alleviate their worries, while communicating with each patient’s care team and advocating for continuity of care.

“For me, it’s all about connecting with my patients and their caregivers. Because of the diversity of the patients I meet, each one is very special me and unique in his or her own way,” Dooley says.

Seeing patients is as important to Dooley as it may be for her patients to see her. While administrative tasks take time each day, Dooley makes time to go on rounds in the inpatient unit: “If I see patients, listen to their story and am able to offer some assistance, that’s what grounds me.”

Dooley’s strategy for patient care is holistic. She refers her patients to mind-body therapists, naturopathic clinicians, acupuncturists, physical and speech therapists, and other clinicians specializing in integrative oncology services.

Dooley has certifications from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Heart Association.

In her free time, Dooley spends time with her husband and sister. She also connects with family living in Colorado, including her son and stepdaughter. Dooley plays Frisbee nightly with her Portuguese water dog, Cody. She is an equestrian and has competed in show jumping with and her Dutch Warmblood, Mikado, for more than a decade.

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