Vaishali Cooper, PA-C - Animo Sano Psychiatry

A Warm Welcome to Vaishali Cooper, PA-C

Vaishali Cooper, PA-C

Animo Sano Psychiatry team is growing. We’re excited to welcome our new PA-C, Vaishali Cooper! We had the pleasure to talk with Vaishali about her life and experience and learn more about what motivated her to become a part of our team. Here’s Vaishali’s inspiring story.

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in mental healthcare and what brought you to Animo Sano Psychiatry?

Before entering the medical field, I discovered a natural ability to connect with people. In my pre-PA days, clients would tell me that I’m a good listener, and friends felt comfortable confiding in me about their personal conflicts. This innate empathy drew me towards psychiatry, and after graduating from PA school, I landed a fulfilling role in this field. Witnessing the positive impact I have on my patients’ lives further fueled my passion for mental health care. My most recent success case was a patient who had debilitating OCD that impacted all areas of his life for over 20 years. It was rewarding to hear how he felt healed and sharing that wished he had met me much sooner. In addition, my own journey of self-reflection instilled in me a deep desire to help others navigate their own challenges, making psychiatry more than just a career choice.

Stepping into the interview felt like stepping into a casual conversation instead of an interrogation. My thoughts and experience were met with genuine interest. The validation of my worth and expertise left me feeling truly seen and valued. Beyond the rewarding role itself, the work-life balance also quickly appealed to my own aspirations. I look forward being part of the ASP Team!

2. What motivates you?

On the professional side, positive feedback and show of appreciation from both my employer and patients will motivate me to continue growing and learning. In general, I feel self motivated to provide the best care for my patients. Personally, my husband’s encouragement and constant support gives me the strength and motivation to push myself to be better.

3. Tell us something about you that would surprise us?

It surprises most people when I tell them I don’t know how to swim! If anyone is in the same boat as me, I’m open to taking adult swimming classes together! The inability to swim did not keep from joining the crew team at NC State (briefly) or slide down the water ride called Thunderstorm while at Disney. Other facts about me: 1. I have a twin brother. 2: I’m 4’11 and tried out for the High school basketball team (I didn’t get on the team). 3. I played intramural basketball and softball while in PA school. 4. With zero dance experience, I had my first (and last) dance performance in college

4. What words of wisdom do you live by?

Tend to the flame within – while I care for others, I try to remember to not neglect myself. A healthier version of myself would be better equipped to serve others

5. Share a recent “proud moment”.

Taking the plunge into pet parenthood in my 30s, with zero puppy experience, was definitely a proud moment. My mini golden-doodle, Callie, has taught me unconditional love, patience, and responsibility. Between the frequent potty breaks, teaching boundaries, deciphering her behaviors, while working full time, has all been very challenging. But her playfulness, goofiness, and desire to cuddle has all been worth it!

Animo Sano Psychiatry is open for patients in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and New York. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

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