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Michelle Murphy is a skilled APRN with a variety of educational, clinical, and organizational experience. Originally trained as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Minnesota in 2002, Michelle spent the first 11 years of her practice in different settings until arriving at St Joseph’s Hospital. Working with the psychiatry department Michelle found her calling. It was there she learned how important mental healthcare is to help people achieve the lives they want and how she could best serve as a resource to those people going through hard experiences. This led her to return to school for training as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2013.


In her time as a PMHNP Michelle has served the community in settings ranging from inpatient hospital units, outpatient clinics, private practice, and community support organizations. She has worked with organizations including Fraser, Meridian Behavioral Health, Valhalla Place, and Minnesota Mental Health Clinics, among others. In her time in these settings, Michelle developed a reputation as a colleague who elevates the teams she works with and proved to be a capable and thoughtful problem-solver. She has a demonstrated history of leveraging her deep knowledge of the industry of mental healthcare, and healthcare overall, to serve a wide range people at different stages of their mental health journey.


Over the years, Michelle’s approach to mental healthcare has improved the outcomes of those people whose care she has managed. She understands mental health is simply a state which impacts an individual’s functioning, and therefore mental health is relative to all the unique attributes which make up that individual—their story, their goals, their strengths, and their perspective. She sees her roles as one in which she meets people where they are at a particular stage and helps guide them in whatever way possible to the next phase of their journey. She finds her professional satisfaction in watching people grow over the long term. Michelle is motivated by the honesty that people bring to their care to honor the privilege of their trust. She acts as a resource to her patients: helping people decide what works for them and what doesn’t. As she puts it, “Watching people recover is the best thing.”



Master of Science in Nursing - University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Nursing, Post-Master's Level - University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Bachelor of Arts - Nursing - Saint Olaf College

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology - University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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