Maria Katrina (Kat), Event Specialist
Kat (she/her) joined the NEST team in November of 2019. Kat is a trauma-informed Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Nurse Education and has a strong background in acute care, hospital administration, and event healthcare services including first-aid, medical triage, and psychedelic harm reduction & integration.
Kat has worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic as a nurse and witnessed the extreme trauma and moral injury that our healthcare providers have endured. In addition to caring for patients and their loved ones through their most vulnerable moments in hospital environments over the past several years, Kat has increasingly aspired to step away from traditional forms of nursing. She is pursuing more opportunities in learning about the therapeutic value of non-ordinary states of consciousness and working towards more progressive treatment modalities that will help improve the mental well-being of our communities and beyond.
More recently, Kat has been following her passions by providing direct care to clients undergoing ketamine therapy at several psychiatric clinics in the Los Angeles area, facilitating virtual peer support groups for healthcare providers experiencing moral injury & compassion fatigue, as well as offering harm reduction services and emotional support at private events around the world.