Anchored in medicine and neurology, in addition to psychiatry, Mary E. Swigar, MD, initially wanted to be a neurosurgeon, but it was a field that few women were in at the time. Still interested in the functions of the brain, she found psychiatry to be as equally exciting a field. She was grateful that psychiatry afforded her a broad range of opportunities, which would include research ethics and the broad diagnostic aspect in relation to brain-body function. Since 2013, Dr. Swigar has been recognized as a professor emerita in psychiatry and neuropsychiatry of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. She began her career as an associate professor of psychiatry and neuropsychiatry at Yale University in New Haven,
Passionate and hardworking, Jacqueline Ruth Johnson has dedicated her life to bettering the lives of others. She started her career as a staff nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center in 1970, and quickly garnered a reputation for excellence, particularly in psychiatry and psychology. This led her to advance rapidly through the institution, moving through roles like charge nurse, assistant head nurse, clinic nurse, alcohol outpatient coordinator, and alcohol rehabilitation nurse. Ms. Johnson then decided to step out on her own, using everything she learned to open a private practice. There, she focused on working with recovering alcoholics and their families. One of the things that enabled her to last for 14 years in this capacity was the fact that she
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.