About Sharon – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Hi.  I’m Sharon Krieger, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and owner of Building New Horizons. My practice is a combination of cutting-edge integrative approaches and medication management.

I grew up “living globally” and was exposed to the Asian Culture in Japan at an early age. As a teenager, I was exposed to the European Culture, living in a small town in Central France. I believe that this nomadic way of life has given me a broad view of the world and the people who inhabit it.

I graduated from University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Nursing, but was always drawn to understanding how a person fit into their environment and family. At first, I focused on mothers, babies, and their families in most of my years as a Registered Nurse. I taught Lamaze for many years as a certified instructor and followed the natural path as much as possible. I was fortunate to be able to breastfeed both of my daughters and let them choose when to wean themselves. Unfortunately, I had to deliver both of them through unwanted Cesarean deliveries.

Those traumatic experiences during a very vulnerable part of a woman and family’s life taught and led me to go in the direction of helping and working with families. In 1979, I created the Parents Almanac and taught parenting classes. During graduate school, I chose to become a Psychiatric Nurse because I wanted to help individuals and their families in their most comfortable environment.

I am drawn to certain systems, and realized early on that I did not fare well in systems whose principles I did not agree with. My belief is that the patient must come first and foremost.  I was unable to follow that principle in most systems I worked in, so I created my own (Building New Horizons) because I want to help you to build new horizons and hopefully not need my services anymore.

I tried to combine my psychiatric medication practice and alternatives under one roof for many years. What I found was that the medical community is not ready for that combination.  So I formed Creating Better Brains, which combines alternative practices and supplements that are beneficial and healing energy modalities that are mostly self administered.  These can easily be combined with medications.

I feel blessed to have good DNA, or perhaps I did not allow the bad DNA to express itself through trying to live in a healthy way.  Each day, I try to exercise by power walking or jogging with my Westie. I use my energy healing devices to promote health and wellness. This has allowed me to continue in sports such as golf and snow skiing. One of my most recent and exciting feats was that I was able to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Piccu in 2015 with my oldest daughter. It was a brutally awesome experience, and I could not have done it without the preparation of my body and mind, using the same techniques and energy devices that I recommend to clients.

My approach is similar to that of Dr. Andrew Weil who discusses the Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine:

· Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
· All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind,  spirit, community, and the body.
· Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods can facilitate the body’s innate healing response.
· Effective interventions that are both natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
· Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine, nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
· Good medicine is based on good science; it is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
· Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
· Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.

So be sure to peruse the website and learn how you can create a better brain and as a result, build new horizons. And remember, your brain is going to work on whatever your mind is thinking about!

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On the Trail to Machu Picchu 2015
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