Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Education

Bachelor’s Degree: College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

Master’s Degree: Winona State University

Doctorate Degree: Winona State University

Certification: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Licensure: CNP Minnesota Board of Nursing, ANCC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification, AANP Family Nurse Practitioner Certification

Kaia Scales has worked in various areas of nursing, from public health to oncology, and multiple settings, from the community to hospital, prior to pursuing an advanced degree.  While Dr. Scales enjoyed providing holistic medical care, her passion lies in the patient story and experience, the impact on their mental health and well-being, and family-centered care.

Dr. Scales first pursued a Doctorate as a Family Nurse Practitioner and worked as a geriatrician, providing on-site primary care at senior living facilities.  Many of her patients suffered from complex medical conditions, neurocognitive disorders, and comorbid mood and anxiety disorders.  To improve her knowledge base and management of medications, Dr. Scales pursued dual certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and focused her training in child/adolescent mental health.

While completing this specialized training, Dr. Scales started an integrative outpatient medication management program at a collaborating mental health agency. Dr. Scales is most passionate about serving the community and meeting the mental health needs of patients across the lifespan as well as their families.

Dr. Scales’ care is integrative and collaborative with your outpatient and community providers and PHP team. Dr. Scales take a holistic approach to patient’s physical and emotional wellbeing and works with them to optimize their care. The patient and family are the most important members of the team.

Dr. Scales enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling with her rescued 100+ pound mastador, toddler, and husband.  In her limited free time, she cantors with the Sisters at Assisi Heights.



Professional Memberships
  • American Psychiatric Nursing Association
Special Clinical Interests
  • Neurocognitive and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Comorbid Pain and Medical Conditions
  • Dual-Diagnosis Substance Use Disorders
  • Women's Health
Additional Info
  • Children: Yes
  • Adolescents: Yes
  • Adults: Yes