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2020 Most Influential Women: Breanna Jain

Eustasis Psychiatric and Addiction Health

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When Breanna Jain became a nurse practitioner, she knew she wanted to work for herself. She achieved that goal when she launched Eustasis Psychiatric and Addiction Health two years ago.

Eustasis offers walk-in, same-day psychiatric care. When it opened, the center served nine patients that first day. Today, upwards of 80 people seek care daily, and their numbers are growing.

Jain is the CEO and co-owner with her husband, Dr. Alok Jain, a psychiatrist and the company’s medical director.

The duo met when Breanna Jain, a registered nurse, was studying to become a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

“I would talk to him every day about starting our own clinic, and finally it stuck. He agreed after 25 years of hospital employment, and we never looked back,” Jain says. “I found the biggest areas that patients were lacking care was clinics not taking their insurance, not accepting new patients or unrealistic wait times.”

Jain wanted to bridge those gaps and worked to get all insurances in network.

“I decided I was not going to stop until we had all of them, because if (we didn’t) that was a patient we could not see or would create a barrier if we did not take their insurance,” she says.

At the time, Jain had three children, was pregnant with her fourth, saw patients all day, tended to her family at night and stayed up through the early morning hours filling out contracts.

“I have the idea that we should look at problems and think, how can I solve that, how can I make a difference, and then actually execute it in a new and exciting way,” Jain says.

Before she became a business owner with more than 20 employees and 4,000 patients, Jain was a single mother, waking at 4:30 a.m. to get her kids to day care before starting her 12-hour shift and then studying at night for her nurse practitioner program. She knows the tough choices between paying one bill instead of another.

“I kept thinking if I work hard enough, I will have a better life – we all will,” Jain says. “I experienced firsthand what children on state-funded insurance plans had to go through to get quality health care and dreamed of a day I could help others in my situation.”

Now the mother of five kids and two stepchildren, Jain often encourages single moms.

“Many times, I talk to my patients who are struggling and occasionally I will share my story and remind them what is possible, even when they believe it is not,” she says. “I think this helps them sometimes, because I get what it is like to be hungry, tired, scared and overwhelmed.”

When COVID-19 hit, Eustatis expanded hours to meet demand. For Jain, it’s a balance.

“I must take care of my patients, but I also must take care of my employees and the Eustasis brand,” she says. “Running a company requires strong leadership. I know how to work every job within my clinic.”

In order to help people who need sliding-scale services, Eustasis started a charitable arm.

“We are very excited about Eustasis Foundation and what we can do for those in need,” Jain says.