When Dr. Beverly Jewell Sutton was in grade school, she already knew she wanted to be a child psychiatrist. She was fascinated by what children do and why they do it, so her family doctor encouraged her to pursue it in a professional setting. Intrigued by his suggestion, Dr. Sutton proceeded to earn an Associate of Science from Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) in 1952 and an MD from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1957. She found she really enjoyed her studies, and knew she was in the right field. The next step for Dr. Sutton was garnering hands-on experience. She started as a rotating intern at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in 1958, and
A psychiatric nurse practitioner, Linda Sillars is currently flourishing at the head of her private mental health practice in Auburn, N.Y. There, she practices psychotherapy management and psychiatric medical management and oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. She also works with veterans suffering from PTSD and trauma and consults with nursing homes. To prepare for her career, she earned a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and became a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. In addition to her practical work, Ms. Sillars also helps with support and recovery on the ACT team at Catholic Charities, where she oversees 65 chronically and mentally ill people with a team of case managers, therapists and nurses.