Karl Smart, NP

Provider type: Physicians & APNs

Serving: Adolescents and Adults

About Karl Smart, NP

Karl is a Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience providing care in outpatient psychiatric settings, inpatient medical consultation, inpatient pediatric units, individual therapy, group therapy, summer camps for children with medical illnesses and disabilities, and coming of age nature groups for adolescent boys. He has been working with Lifestance in Athens GA for the last 4 years. His previous roles include psychiatric care for students through the UC Berkeley student health center, psychiatirc consultation at John Muir Hospital system in the San Francisco, Bay area, and outpatient care at Oakland Children's Hospital. His strengths are clear and direct communication, collaboration with clients and their care team, as well as supportive counseling in conjunction with psychiatric care.


  • ADD & ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Depression
  • Medication Management
  • Mood Disorders
  • OCD
  • Stress
  • Education & Certifications

    Karl Smart is an ANCC Board Certified Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Practitioner whom joined the LifeStance Health group in July 2018.
    He graduated from the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center in 1998 with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.

    Karl worked as a Registered Nurse for ten years. During that time, he worked in Portland, Oregon VA Medical Center and Children's Hospitals in San Diego, Denver and San Francisco.
    He graduated from the University of California San Francisco in 2007 with a Master's of Science in Nursing.

    Karl is affiliated with APNA and Board Certified by the ANCC. He is a licensed Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. He has also been trained as a NOLS Wilderness First Responder and has led many groups of adolescents in nature-based coming of age programs; including yearly backpacking trips in California Sierras.



    745 S Milledge Ave Suite 1A
    Athens, GA 30605


    • Aetna
    • Compsych
    • Elevance Health (Anthem BCBS)
    • Evernorth (Cigna)
    • Humana
    • Kaiser Permanente (Southeast)
    • MediNcrease Health Plans (MHP)
    • MultiPlan (PHCS)
    • Optum (UnitedHealthcare)
    • Sana Benefits
    • Sonder Health Plan
    • Tricare East (Humana Military)