I’m Albert Hernandez. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, where I still live today. I served 8 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. It was a great start and served as the foundation for my pursuit of a truly rewarding career in mental health!
I’ve always felt called to help others. But the tragic loss of a family member who took his own life led me to realize there’s a great need for skilled and compassionate mental health providers.
This discovery inspired me to serve my community as a healthcare provider. For several years, I rotated throughout several positions in behavioral health in order to reach my goal of becoming a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Along the way, I’ve had the honor of serving my community as a mobile crisis assessor, providing psychiatric assessments in crises. I also gained extensive experience working in both inpatient and outpatient mental healthcare settings. I’m board-certified by the ANCC to treat mental health conditions in adults. I am licensed in multiple states and am always eager to expand our reach at Upper Valley Behavioral Health!
I love seeing my patients at their monthly check-ins.
I cherish my time with them and get deep satisfaction watching them thrive under my care.
And, I’m always thrilled to hear about their progress and how their treatment’s positive effects ripple outward and touch their families and friends.
I still get goosebumps when I hear how much better someone is doing!
I’m married to my amazing wife, Tanya, who is also my business partner. We met and fell in love while studying together at El Paso Community College, and we now have three young children.
Spending my downtime with my family recharges and refreshes me. We have lots of adventures trying new restaurants but are also happy settling in with a good movie at home.
I’m deeply dedicated to my work and to helping end the stigma attached to mental health. I hope that people begin reaching out for help sooner than later because everyone deserves to enjoy the sense of calm well-being that comes with good mental health practices.
Hi, my name is Tanya Hernandez. I’m from the El Paso, Texas area. Growing up, I was inspired by my family members who worked in mental health. So, wanting to have a career in this field came pretty naturally to me. I earned my undergraduate degree from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas.
After becoming a licensed nurse, I started my career working with children and adolescents in an inpatient behavioral health setting. Eventually, I switched jobs and took a new position to gain extensive experience working with adults suffering from ADHD, anxiety, and clinical depression.
My time at this job opened my eyes to the lack of quality mental health resources in my region. I decided to continue my education to help create more positive patient outcomes and increase access to psychiatric care in my community. So, I went back to school and earned my graduate degree to become a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner.
During my clinical rotations, I was given a fantastic opportunity. I had the privilege of learning from some of the most prominent board-certified psychiatrists in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
There are two reasons I’m so grateful for this experience. The first is because it allowed me to learn the latest evidence-based treatment modalities from my region’s physician thought-leaders. The second reason is it instilled in me a passion for staying up-to-date with emerging clinical and academic research.
To this day, I’m still deeply inspired by all I learned, and I continue to dedicate myself to keeping up with the newest information in my specialty to help my patients to the best of my ability. I am board-certified by the ANCC to treat mental health conditions in adults. But my passion is helping adults with ADHD, anxiety, and clinical depression symptoms find the right medications to relieve their symptoms.
When I’m not working, I love to go to the gym. One of my favorite workouts is cardio boxing. Besides this, my other favorite activities involve my family. We spend a lot of time exploring the outdoors and always have a blast on our family vacations.