Nykol Rice, CRNA - Owner
Nykol Bailey Rice is a board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with a graduate degree specializing in anesthesia from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She is the owner and operator of Boise Ketamine Clinic and helps run a small chain of clinics in Utah under the Mindful Infusion brand. She has personally performed thousands of ketamine infusions and is passionate about providing a quality, collaborative ketamine course. She also practices anesthesia part time at St. Luke’s Children’s hospital.
Nykol obtained her undergraduate degree in Grand Junction, Colorado followed by an ICU internship with the University of Utah Critical Care Internship program in Salt Lake City for which she was later a fellow. She is also on the guest lecture circuit at Boise State University lecturing prospective future mental health care professionals on utilizing ketamine for mental health patients. Her main passion is educating other healthcare professionals on the benefits of ketamine and providing this life changing option to her community.
Sarah Purser, CRNA
In 2017, Sarah started working with Nykol at the Boise Ketamine Clinic as a fulfilling addition to her work life. She’s seen BKC’s client’s lives changed by the process. So many people with chronic pain and mental health issues have had negative reactions in healthcare for a variety of reasons. Many have been marginalized by society and healthcare, pushed aside, told to “buck up,” been ignored or lost all hope that the burden of mental illness could be lifted or eased. After ketamine infusions, Sarah has seen people finally experience life without the smothering weight of PTSD, depression, anxiety and many other conditions. Her favorite part of working at BKC is seeing the hope return to her patient’s lives.
Sarah is born and raised Idahoan and grew up in a big family in southeastern Idaho. After attending Idaho State University, Sarah earned her bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Science & Health and Nursing at the University of Utah. After nursing school she moved to Rochester, Minnesota and worked at Mayo Clinic. After a few years working as an ICU nurse she attended anesthesia school in Connecticut and became a nurse anesthetist. She worked in New England for a time but the pull to return home was always there. Her family returned to Idaho in 2013. When not at work, Sarah enjoys spends her time with family and friends or remodeling her house with her husband.
Alana Brunner, LCPC
Alana Brunner earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & Sociology from The College of Idaho in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Boise State University in 2008. During her graduate coursework at Boise State University, she completed a one-year internship at Saint Alphonsus Behavioral Health, an inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and adults in Boise, Idaho. She later served as the Lead Counselor at the facility for nearly 5 years.
Alana is endorsed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor(LCPC-4699), the highest level of independent counseling licensure in Idaho; and has held this credential since 2011. Additionally, she is both a National Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NCC/CCMHC-275357) through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Alana maintains a private practice in Boise, Idaho working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has specialized experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings where a variety of issues are addressed. In addition to her practice, she serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Counselor Education Department at Boise State University and works as a Psychiatric Clinician in the Emergency Department at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
She has solid and grounded experience helping those with chronic mental health issues as well as those struggling with situational anxiety and/or depression. Given her extensive experience at both Saint Alphonsus Behavioral Health and in the Emergency Department, she has a very good understanding of when a client may need a higher level of care. Alana can assist her clients with steps to seek inpatient care and provide support for any emotional complications that may arise.
Her foundational approach to counseling is an evidenced-based practice called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her aim is to work collaboratively with clients to identify core values through the evaluation of automatic thoughts and beliefs and address how they may be contributing and/or interfering in one’s daily life. Alana’s belief is that as automatic thoughts are addressed they can be reorganized, allowing for positive changes in behavior and in the way we feel.
Alana is an active member of both the American Counseling Association and the Idaho Mental Health Counselor’s Association.
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Jeremy Rice is an Idaho native with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Boise State. After performing accounting services for several local businesses, he was recruited to act as Office Manager for the clinic. In addition to his enthusiasm for all things finance, he is a serious Broncos fan.
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