Vanessa Garcia is a Health Psychologist who works for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Service part-time at Auckland Hospital. She also works for TBI Health in the field of injury rehabilitation and pain management. She is a Professional Development Coordinator for the Institute of Health Psychology and an active member the Clinical Advisory Group for the Department of Psychological Medicine, Auckland University. Previously, she worked in adult cardiology and general medicine in South Auckland.
Vanessa is passionate about the mind-body connection and the application of psychology in physical health settings. She has a strong interest in the field of cardiac psychology including cardiac anxiety, medical trauma and post-traumatic stress, and end-of-life processes.
In her spare time, she loves hiking mountains with her colleagues!