Psychiatrist Nicole Jones-Martinez, MD, is excited about fulfilling a need for increased mental health services in the area.
“My mission is to help people understand themselves better, to provide education, help them reduce their symptoms and ultimately improve their quality of life,” she said. She recently joined Sarah Bush Lincoln Psychiatry and Counseling, where she cares for adults with mental, emotional and behavioral health issues.
Dr. Jones-Martinez comes to the community after providing psychiatric care to veterans at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for the past four years. “It has been an amazing experience working with veterans. It’s like no other experience you can ever have – the complexity of the issues they deal with everyday is difficult to comprehend,” she said. “It’s quite fulfilling to see them reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life after what they have lived with for so many years.”
Treating veterans from WWII to Afghanastin with tramatic brain injuries, lost limbs, as well as those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, drug and alcohol dependency and depression, she added, “I have a profound respect for our service men and women. I have met so many amazing men and women and I am deeply touched by their experiences,” she said.
From the Chicago area, Dr. Jones-Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northern Illinois University, though she first considered pursuing journalism. She worked for a year in quality research for Abbott Laboratories before entering medical school.
Dr. Jones-Martinez earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois School of Medicine, Chicago, in 2006, where she also completed a four-year residency in psychiatry. Also interested in pediatrics, she eventually chose psychiatry to learn more about the mind-body connection.
Creating “healthy minds, healthy bodies” is her mission. “My mission is to improve people’s understanding of themselves on multiple levels and to help them use the resources around them to improve their view of the world.”
Passionate about improving people’s lives, Dr. Jones-Martinez is excited to be in an area where more mental health services are needed. While she has special interest in women’s mental health issues, she is open to seeing people with all kinds of difficulties.
“I encourage people to focus on things they can change to improve their circumstances and to understand what is causing their problems. Medications are only going to do so much. They aren’t going to take away all the issues a person is dealing with,” she said. “People who really want to make a change in themselves can have amazing results.”
Dr. Jones-Martinez recently moved to Charleston with her husband, Family Practioner Jaime Martinez, MD, who is providing care at the Charleston Walk-in Clinic until his office is complete in mid-October at Charleston Clinic East.
For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Jones-Martinez call (217) 258-4042. Her office is located in Prairie Pavilion 1, Suite 102, 1005 Health Center Dr., Mattoon. Health Alliance, Personal Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield and most other insurance plans accepted.