Kate Shantar, RN
A native of Southern California, Kate completed her first Bachelors degree studying African musical instruments at San Francisco State University, culminating in a study abroad program in southern Africa working with children with or orphaned by HIV/AIDs. This service compelled her to further serve others and join the United States Peace Corps. She lived and worked for over 2 and a half years in the South Pacific on the island of Samoa, helping to bring sustainable water systems to remote villages and teaching at a tertiary level. Upon her return to the U.S., Kate knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others and decided to become a nurse. She graduated with honors from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 2014, and became a leader on the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s pediatric and adolescent psychiatry unit, developing a deep love of psychiatry. She then returned to Los Angeles and practiced at Childrens’ Hospital of Los Angeles as the Nurse Coordinator in Clinical Immunology and Allergy, while concurrently studying to complete her Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensure program. Grateful for the opportunity expand her nursing scope of practice, she was eager to return to the practice of psychiatry and learn from the diverse clinical experts at PCH Treatment Center. She’s been serving as the Psychiatric Coordinator at PCH since 2021.