Candice Kalipersad, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner located in Virtual Only

Candice Kalipersad

Candice Kalipersad, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C is a compassionate and knowledgeable board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, born and raised in South Florida, with roots in Trinidad and Tobago. Her educational background includes a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Advanced Family Nurse Practitioner from Florida International University, as well as a Post-Master’s certification in psychiatric mental health from Florida State University. Throughout Candice’s career, she has gained invaluable experience across diverse settings, such as inpatient facilities, community mental healthcare, prison and corrections, and private practice.

During her clinical rounds in family practice, a profound realization dawned upon Candice — she was destined for psychiatry. This revelation struck her when she observed Family Nurse Practitioners and Doctors struggle to provide adequate care for patients with psychiatric conditions. These individuals were compelled to join a six-month waiting list, as the FNP and MD felt ill-equipped to prescribe psychotropic treatments. Witnessing this plight, Candice couldn’t help but empathize with the patients who yearned for assistance but were left with two less-than-ideal choices: enduring a prolonged wait or seeking help at an ER or urgent care center ill-suited for their psychiatric needs. At that moment, Candice felt an overwhelming sense of purpose —to bridge the gap and extend a helping hand.

Taking a holistic approach to healthcare is at the core of Candice’s philosophy. Above all, her primary goal is to delve deep into the root causes of mental illness and address them directly. When providing patient care, she prioritizes empathy, active listening, and a non-judgmental attitude. Together with her patients, they explore various factors such as lifestyle, nutrition, sleep quality, stress levels, and exercise habits to develop a personalized treatment plan. Engaging patients as active participants in their own well-being is fundamental to Candice’s practice and she strongly believes in fostering shared decision-making to empower patients in managing their health.

Candice’s ultimate aspiration is to witness her patients thriving without relying solely on conventional treatments. She is committed to helping patients uncover and address the underlying causes of their mental health challenges. While she values alternative modalities like lifestyle modifications and supplementation, Candice also recognizes the vital role that conventional treatments can play when necessary. Balancing these approaches is crucial for optimal care.

Creating a compassionate and dedicated environment where patients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and asking questions is paramount to Candice. She strives to cultivate a supportive space where open dialogue and trust can flourish. By providing comprehensive care, addressing the root causes, and empowering patients in their journey to wellness, Candice aims to make a positive impact on their mental health and overall well-being.

Beyond Candice’s professional endeavors, she actively engages in activities that foster personal growth and well-being. Whether it’s tending to her garden, practicing yoga, or cherishing moments with her loved ones and fur babies, Candice understands the significance of balance and rejuvenation. She firmly believes in the importance of self-care and holds herself to the same standard of commitment that she asks of her patients.

Appointments are available by referral.

Please talk to your OnePeak Medical Provider to book an appointment with Candice.