Dr. Sara Waterbury, APRN DNP PMHNP-BC
psychiatric nurse practitioner
Dr. Sara Waterbury is a Florida native and resident of the Treasure Coast since 2001; returning after schooling to be closer to her grandfather, a World War II Navy Veteran and a primary inspiration throughout her entire life. It was the role she played in the coordination of his healthcare that left such a tremendous impression on the importance of quality-of-life for all involved. Now, as a divorced mother, she works to pass on those valuable impressions toward her young child. Her experiences provided her a first-hand perspective on navigating the emotional trials that come with life’s changing roles, while still maintaining a personal identity.
Dr. Sara attended Indian River State College for both of her Undergraduate Nursing Degrees (Associates and Bachelor’s), and then pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Dr. Sara graduated from the University of Florida with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health (DNP, PMHNP). She has experience in working where situations can be challenging as a Case Manager in the ER and Intensive Care Unit as well as practicing in a Psychiatric Correctional setting. Dr. Sara is active in the Treasure Coast medical community as an advocate for patients and colleagues; recommended by other local healthcare professionals to join the Southern Comfort care model. In her personal time, Dr. Sara enjoys bowling, home projects, traveling, supporting local businesses (especially restaurants), taking in some of our local musicians, and most importantly spending time with family.
“My mission is to improve the lives of my patients everyday through providing consistent mental health care via evidence-based treatment modalities, in a holistic manner.”
Dr. Sara’s healthcare career path started as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a Patient Care Technician (PCT) in 2009, and a Mental Health Technician (MHT) in 2011, working in private duty care as well as for Martin Memorial Health Systems and in Forensic Psychiatry as a Registered Nurse (RN) and completing training though the Psychiatric Mental Health NP program at UF (while being a new mom!). She transferred into the Case Management department with Martin Memorial and practiced primarily in their ER setting, coordinating mental health care needs (i.e., Substance Use/Recovery placements, Baker Act/Marchman Act placements), Hospice referrals and providing emotional support for patients and their families. She was blessed with the opportunity to work with Hospice as an admission and field RN; helping patients and their families during end-of-life stage.