SHEL L. SEAVER, DNP PMHNP
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Shel Seaver is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and History from the University of Washington. After deciding that journalism was not the correct career path for her personality, she became a registered nurse (RN), earning her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from Washington State University. She worked as an RN in the hospital setting in cardiac care, critical care and on the post-operative and post-anesthesia care units (PACU) for 8 years before pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Washington State University. Prior to Mind Matters, she was employed on the child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric units at Randall Children’s Hospital and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health.
Dr. Seaver was a founding board member and secretary of OCD Oregon, the Oregon affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. She is a strong advocate for the destigmatization of mental illness, particularly among healthcare providers. Her work in this area has been published by the International OCD Foundation. She is also a community representative for the Ethics Consultation Service at Randall Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Seaver is frequently questioned about her first name. She was named after the singer, songwriter, illustrator, poet and children’s book author Shel Silverstein. Her favorite Shel Silverstein book is Lafcadio- The Lion Who Shot Back.
In her free time, Dr. Seaver enjoys paddle boarding in the Puget Sound where she grew up, attending live music shows, art collecting, and discovering bits of nature to bring back to her home and office. She also spends her time reading in Danish (since those who speak it here are few and far between) and warm water surfing with her husband and daughter.