Jessica Rigas, APRN
BSN, University of Cincinnati // APRN, Ohio University
Jessica Rigas, APRN-CNP is the medical director at the Cincinnati Anxiety Center and is a board certified nurse practitioner. Jessica offers specialized solutions to children, adolescents, and adults who are limited by symptoms of anxiety, OCD, depression, and ADHD. Her expertise includes evidence-based medication management, measurement-based care, comprehensive diagnostic assessment, holistic considerations and approaches, and second opinions on treatment options.
Jessica completed her nurse practitioner program at Ohio University and has experience in a variety of primary clinical settings. She has clinical work experience with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Dayton Children's Hospital. She has concentrated her continuing education heavily in evidenced based practice in diagnostic and treatment mental health. Jessica is known for her diagnostic expertise and treatment knowledge, which allows her to design treatment plans that include the optimal mix of evidence-based treatments and medication management. She is understanding of the reservations patients may have regarding the use of medication and collaborates with families to determine the right approach whether through non-medication interventions or more intensive combined treatment approaches. She has done additional research in using lifestyle changes, diet management, and the use of supplements to support the treatment plan.
Jessica is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Ohio Association of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, International OCD Foundation, The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders, and Anxiety and Depression Association of America and is committed to staying abreast of the latest advances in psychopharmacology and cognitive behavioral therapy.
"I have had a passion for mental health after a personal journey with my own family. Having a child suffering from ADHD and anxiety and spending countless hours researching behavioral therapies, natural supplements, diet changes, and pharmaceutical management. As a nurse practitioner, I have encountered many children presenting with physical illness with underlying psychological disorders. My conclusions personally and professionally have led me to realize that mental health is multifactorial. I find it so important to rule out physical disease to ensure treatment from psychological problems can be optimized. I want to help families walk this journey and support them in every way possible. I believe that this should be a team approach with professionals and family members who can come together to create an individualized plan that works best for the patient and their environment.”