Ms. Heyward is a native of Sumter. Born at Shaw AFB, she attended the local public schools. She served in the US Army active duty and reserves and returned to Sumter to make difference in the lives of the residents of her hometown.
She graduated from Central Carolina Technical College's LPN and ADN programs. Ms Heyward attended Frontier Nursing University (FNU) and completed her Masters Degree in Nursing in 2013. She successfully became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013. She returned to FNU and completed the Psychiatric Mental Health program in June 2020. Ms. Heyward is currently completing her terminal nursing degree - Doctorate in Nursing. She has 8 years of experience as a primary care NP with 4 years of office management experience and over 25 years of experience in healthcare in various levels of nursing.
Ms Heyward currently serves as the SC Nurses Association Psychiatric Mental Health Chapter Secretary/ Treasurer for 2022-2024 and is a 2017-2018 Duke Johnson and Johnson Nurse Leadership Program Alumna. She received the Central Carolina Technical College Outstanding Alumni Award in 2016.
Ms. Heyward enjoys sending time with her beautiful daughter, Chelsea, who is a physical therapist, and Sasha, the family rescue pet.
Ms. Heyward loves nursing and looks forward to educating future nurses and hopes to inspire them to become agents of change in healthcare.
We are committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness. We advocate for prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated services, care and treatment for those who need it with recovery as the goal. Our philosophy is that optimal health and performance can be attained through the proper balance of exercise, nutrition, mindfulness and education. Co-location of psychiatric services and primary care services help to decrease stigma and encourage more patients to seek treatment. Psychotherapy in conjunction with psychopharmacology has proven to improve patient outcomes.
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