michelle-2Michelle DeMoss, APRN

Consulting Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Michelle is a graduate of the University of Utah, College of Nursing with a Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Association to treat children, adolescents and adults. Since 2004 she has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and serves as a member-at-large on her local APNA Board. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Utah, College of Nursing in 2005.

Michelle has extensive experience with adolescent treatment, having worked at Vista Adolescent Treatment Centers for 16 years, eight of which she was the Director of Nursing. The population served included a wide range of psychiatric diagnosis including, but not limited to bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorders, bipolar disorders and trauma related disorders. During her tenure at Vista Treatment Centers, and in an effort to become more involved in the treatment of the trauma patients, Michelle became a forensic nurse examiner or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, (SANE Nurse) wherein she would treat sexual assault patients in an emergency room setting, collect evidence for law enforcement, and testify as an expert witness in a court of law for cases of sexual assault.

After receiving her advanced degree, Michelle began working as the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at The Center for Change, a specialty hospital for women and girls with eating disorders, as well as accompanying psychiatric disorders.

In addition to her role as Elements Wilderness Program’s psychiatric consultation support, Michelle currently works with Child and Family Support Services in Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, AZ, as a Telemedicine provider. As the resident of a small rural farming community in Utah, she sees the growing need to expand psychiatric services to rural populations underserved by the current behavioral health system.

Michelle is originally from Maryland, but has lived in Utah for 24 years. She has four children (ages 4-25) who are extremely active in sports and, along with her husband Charles, coaches and directs Tooele Valley Club Volleyball, a non-profit sports club. Over the last 20 years, she has coached her children in softball, basketball, and volleyball. Her two oldest daughters have played collegiate volleyball and they are both seeking degrees in education and special education. Her son just graduated from high school and is planning on becoming a nurse practitioner. Her youngest daughter is five, and enjoys soccer, volleyball, coloring, fashion, and doing flips on the trampoline.