"Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - World Health Organization
I hear the same story all too often of a patient seeking mental health treatment and walking out of a clinic feeling reduced to a diagnosis and prescribed a medication after this brief encounter. Welcome to a different approach to medication management, my name is Lindsay Fuson and I am a board certified nurse practitioner. I see you as an agent of your own wellness with your own guiding knowledge, values, challenges, and inner resiliency. I provide you with accurate evidence-based information, explore options for treatment, and help to develop a plan of care that aligns with your needs. I understand the reluctance to start taking a psychiatric medication and I encourage open conversation about side effects, risks, and other concerns you may have.
Our initial appointment will include a comprehensive medical, psychiatric, and social history which helps me get a complete picture of you. I assess your current nutrition, exercise, sleep patterns, and response to stressors to help develop an individualized plan of care. We will explore the relationship between physical complaints and mental well-being to enlist the body's own ability to heal the mind. I am comfortable working with researched herbal supplements as a first-line treatment or to augment traditional medications. I believe there is a time and a place for traditional medications as they are necessary and in some cases lifesaving, but I also have seen patients that have sensitivities to medications or who respond best with a combination of therapy and non-pharmacological interventions. When I prescribe medications, I will work closely with you to monitor your individual response to treatment. I may request labs for assessing for deficiencies and monitoring medications. I also utilize psychopharmacological testing to better target appropriate medication choices.
I am a firm believer that wellness is not the absence of disease, but rather our ability to pursue a life full of meaning. I treat the mind through the body and connect the dots to understand the whole person.
I see adult and teen clients at Align Wellness on Fridays from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. My fee for a one-hour initial evaluation is $200, and 30-minute follow-up sessions are $100. I can provide documentation for insurance reimbursement and as a nurse practitioner, my work is currently under the supervision of R. Michael Prudent, MD.
Education and Training I am an avid reader and a lifelong learner whether it’s the latest medical research or a work of fiction, I enjoy analysis and discovering connections between seemingly dissimilar things. My first degree was in English Literature at Emory University. After graduating I had the opportunity to teach and live in South Korea and Spain and spent time traveling Southeast Asia. I found it fascinating to glimpse how different cultures approach health and protective factors in communities that promoted wellness. When I returned to Emory University for a second time it was to study nursing. I hold a MSN degree and am what is called an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN). I have studied and worked in a variety of medical settings and found it particularly rewarding to work with women, veterans, and people in rural communities that have medical concerns that are often so deeply intertwined with mental health issues. I continue to work with underserved communities in rural Georgia providing psychiatric medication management. I am the mother of two humans plus an lovable Elkhound. I love being immersed in the outdoors; I enjoy hiking, canoeing, and gardening.