Menninger Staff

Avani Thakkar, BHMS, PMHNP-BC, MHA

Nurse Practitioner

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Avani has been a member of the Compass Program for Young Adults team for more than ten years. She leads meditation groups and brings hope to patients by helping them find purpose in their lives through meditation, spirituality and motivational stories.


She is a past winner of Menninger's Gary Napier Excellence in Nursing Award and the Pillar Award, The Clinic's highest employee honor.


Avani graduated magna cum laude from the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She also earned a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Houston Baptist University. She earned undergraduate degrees in nursing from Texas Woman's University in Houston as well as an undergraduate degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery from the University of Mumbai in India.


She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.


In her spare time, Avani enjoys listening to Bollywood music, watching suspenseful television shows and hanging out with her beautiful daughters.