About Dawn Garzon, NP, PhD

Dr. Dawn Garzon Treats patients ages 3-21.

Dawn Garzon, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS is a pediatric nurse practitioner and pediatric primary care mental health specialist. With over 25 years’ experience as a NP, Dawn loves working with adolescents and helping children and youth from preschool age through 21 years with a wide range of conditions like ADHD, depression, anxiety, and developmental disorders, among others. She believes that the best approach to pediatric behavioral health involves working with team members to provide blended education, therapy, and medication to help patients develop into the healthiest they can be.

She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Miami in 1990, a Master of Science in nursing and was educated as a nurse practitioner from the University of Florida in 1994. In 2002, she obtained a PhD in nursing from UM St. Louis and she finished a postdoctoral fellowship from Washington University in 2005 while finishing a Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology. To help improve the care she provides to her patients, she is returning to obtain a psychiatric nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate from Mizzou in January 2021. She is a well-known author and presenter on topics related to pediatric mental health.

She returned to Missouri in the fall of 2020 after living in the Pacific Northwest for four years. Her most recent clinical position was at SeaMar Community Health Centers as a pediatric behavioral health prescriber Vancouver, WA from 2017-2020, and she held academic professorships at UM St. Louis from 1997-2016, Washington State University from 2016- 2019 and the University of Portland from 2019- 2020. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.


  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement/Grief Counseling
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Child Psychiatry Consultation
  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Development Disorder
  • Eating Disorder
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Medication Review
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Mental Health Problem
  • Mental Illness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Mood Swings
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Panic Attack
  • Personality Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)/Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Prescription/Refill
  • Psychiatric Medication Review
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychiatry Follow Up
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Schizophrenia/Psychotic Features
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Sleep Problems
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Worry
  • Education & Certifications

    University of Missouri

    St. Louis

    University of Florida

    Master's in Nursing

    Washington University

    St. Louis

    University of Miami (Bachelor's)


    Chesterfield, MO

    16020 Swingley Ridge, Suite 300
    Chesterfield, MO 63017-2052