Ellie Rizor, DNP, PMHNP, APRN

ellie@affinitypsych.com

Hi! My name is Ellie Rizor. I’m a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I earned my bachelors of science in nursing at Mount Mercy University (Cedar Rapids, IA) in 2018 and my doctorate of Psychiatric and Mental Health nursing practice from The University of Minnesota in 2022. I work primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults with special interests in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Having graduated from high school in Delano, Minnesota and returning to Minnesota to attend graduate school, I have a strong desire to serve the Minnesota community. While I currently live in Iowa City, IA, I am proud to offer the much-needed services via telehealth to the state that I consider to be my home-away-from-home.

How I Work

I believe that awareness and knowledge are power, especially when it comes to mental health. I will take the time to explain your mental health condition along with treatment options. There is no “right” answer when it comes to treatment and I want your input so we can find the best option for you or your child. For parents, I recognize and value that you know your child better than anyone else. We are a team and I believe in our ability to work together to help you and your family. Additionally, I recognize that it can be hard to talk with a stranger about very serious topics, and I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and non-judgemental.

What Sets Me Apart As a Psychiatric Provider?

While professional and serious when needed, I can also be outgoing and will adjust my behavior to match the age of those who I work with. I find that my ability to connect with children, adolescents, and young adults creates a trusting and comfortable environment for us to work together. With any individual I have a conversation with, I always search for ways that we can relate or connect. I find that having even just one thing in common (like our love for Taylor Swift, the color pink, our pets, or playing instruments) allows for you and your family to view me as a real person, not just a provider who is going through the motions of their job.

Issues I Treat:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD

Populations I Serve:

  • Children (5+)
  • Adolescents
  • Adults (18-30)
  • Students (trade school, undergraduate level, or graduate level)
  • LGBTQIA+

Professional background:

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Doctorate Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Practice – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Previous Employment

Nystrom and Associates/Psychiatric Associates – New Brighton, MN & Iowa City, IA

RN experience:

  • University of Iowa (child and adolescent in-patient psychiatry)
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (adult in-patient psychiatry)

Licensure

  • Minnesota CNP/ 9652