Whitney has a master’s degree from the Tulane Graduate School of Social Work and has been working in healthcare for over 17 years. She is a board-certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Texas and Louisiana. Her extensive clinical experience spans a variety of settings, including the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics; the Alzheimer Center of Excellence; Women’s and Children’s Hospital; Outpatient Group Therapy; as well as in private practice counseling individuals and families. She was also lead social worker in geriatric units in nursing homes, hospitals and outpatient clinics in New Orleans, Houston, and Austin.
Awarded two academic appointments for work with graduate students, she was also co-author of a federal publication for work with older adults experiencing anxiety.
At 21, Whitney found her calling. She interned with a music therapist at a large hospital addressing patients with dementia, autism, and other mental health diagnoses and had her first experience working with an interdisciplinary team of providers. She wanted to make meaningful connections to others and the internship compelled her to learn more about mental health, so that she also could work on a team one day to positively impact patients’ lives.
Whitney believes that our senior patients have much to share and teach us. “Our patients deserve to feel important. They are active participants in their care and inform us about what they need. By listening, connecting, and advocating for their best interests, we can create ideal treatment plans and help them obtain resources and tools that will improve their lives,” she explains. The best rewards of her profession, according to her, are those connections with her patients and witnessing their positive outcomes.
In her downtime, Whitney enjoys fishing, reading, watching football and spending time with her family. She also loves playing piano, guitar, and harmonica, and happens to be a rather accomplished musician who has recorded music and even toured with bands.