Provider type: Physicians & APNs
Serving: Adult, Geriatric
Teresa is a seasoned, consummate mental health professional who has dedicated her entire 40 year career to the care and treatment of mental health patients. She sees each encounter as sacred and seeks to honor the sacred stories of those entrusted to her care.
She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then went on to obtain a Master of Nursing in Gerontology/Mental Health. At 44, she entered the University of North Georgia to obtain a Family Nurse Practitioner post Master's certificate.
Teresa has worked at Emory, Grady, the Atlanta VA and numerous private practices. She has trained with Bessell Van der Kolk MD and David Burns MD in the treatment of trauma. She holds certificates for continuing education from the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior. Teresa is recognized for her ability to assess the deeper needs of her patients, in addition to her pharmacology prowess.
Teresa sees her specialty as listening and skillfully applying behavior modification techniques to treat depression, anxiety and trauma. In addition, to the use of medication, when appropriate, a careful thorough history is obtained and plan of care agreed upon before initiating treatment.
Teresa is licensed in the states of California and Georgia. She shares a home with her husband David Kriest, an IT guru at Emory University Hospital, her father in law, and her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Princess Grace Kelly. She enjoys gourmet cooking, gardening and travel. She is an active member at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs.
We are not currently accepting new Medicaid patients.