DR. MAN ANAND, M.D. Psychiatrist
Dr. Anand is a board-certified psychiatrist who sees patients in the Center
seven days a week. He became interested in the medical specialty of psychiatry
while he was practicing medicine in England. "As a primary care physician,
I saw many people who were dealing with behavioral health issues and that
intrigued me," Dr. Anand says. In fact, he was so intrigued by the
prospect of helping these patients that he decided to specialize in psychiatry,
and came to the University of Kansas to complete his residency. That was
more than 33 years ago, and today Dr. Anand serves as medical director
for Saint John Hospital's Senior Behavioral Health Center. He also
is a past president of the Saint John Hospital Medical Staff. "As
our geriatric population increases, we are seeing a rise in behavioral
disturbances in these patients, such as dementia and depression,"
Dr. Anand says. "In many cases, these are people who have given so
much of their lives to their family and community. It is very rewarding
to be able to help them improve their quality of life and return to their
highest level of functioning."
DIANA TAYIEM, RN, BSN, Director of Senior Behavioral Health Unit
Diana began her career with Saint John Hospital in 2004. She pursued critical
care and enjoyed her years in ICU. In 2009, Diana was the chair of the
Quality Council and was able to use her love of research to participate
in projects and produce best practice processes for various units. Diana
took a clinical supervisor position in 2012 and continued to work in critical
care. She took the nurse management position for SBHU in 2015. Diana graduated
with honors from the University of Kansas in 2004 and has kept her passion
of research and education as she is currently pursuing a Masters in Healthcare
Management. She enjoys working with the geriatric population specifically
mental health and helping others maintain the highest quality of life.
Diana enjoys international travel and is a busy mom to her two daughters.
PAULA McENERNEY, LBSW, Intake Coordinator
Paula was born at St. John's hospital in Leavenworth KS and raised
in rural Basehor. She graduated from Basehor High School and went on to
obtain a bachelor's degree in social work from Washburn University.
While attending college, Paula cared for my great grandmother and provided
private duty support to an elderly woman in her home. She has worked in
long term care and post-acute rehab for the past 22 years as she enjoys
working with seniors.
Paula is married with two teenagers. She enjoys her family and friends,
her dog, gardening, reading, exercise, homemaking, traveling, church involvement,
and country living.
LATOYA HUSTON, LMSW, Social Worker
LaToya has a great passion working with people of all ages and enjoys getting
to know those she serves. In 2002, LaToya received her Bachelor’s
in Psychology and began her social services career in August 2003, working
in an acute psychiatric hospital. In May 2012, she graduated from UMKC
with her Master’s in Social Work and continued to work with all
ages and populations. LaToya recently completed her Masters in Healthcare
Administration from Park University in July 2018 in hopes to continue
working with those in need and helping to restructure policy surrounding
social services and healthcare.
LaToya enjoys music, reading and cooking for others. She loves being a
mother to her beautiful little girl and spends as much time as she can
with her six nieces and nephews. For LaToya family is everything. “Family
forever, for always and no matter what”. It is because of her views
on family, she enjoys her work as a social worker and strives to provide
the best services possible to not just individuals but their families.
VICKIE WELCH, LMSW, Social Worker
Vickie comes to Leavenworth for a final stop as a spouse to a military
retiree. Although she grew up on a small dairy farm in Kansas, she was
afforded a wonderful opportunity to travel the country meeting individuals
from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. After graduating
from Kansas State University, Vickie spent 20 years as an Elementary Teacher.
Finally able to follow her dreams, Vickie returned to college and graduated
with a Masters of Social Work degree from Washburn University. She enjoys
watching college football (Go Wildcats), going for walks, gardening, and
hanging out with her husband and Scout, her dog. Vickie is excited to
begin this new journey and is looking forward to working with and advocating
for individuals who still have so much to offer.
RACHEL HILL, CTRS, Activity Therapist II
Rachel has a passion for working with people of all ages and all ability
levels. She has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, emphasis in Therapeutic
Recreation, with a minor in Psychology from Pittsburg State University
(Pittsburg, KS). She became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
(CTRS) in October 2011 and has been fortunate to work with folks in the
adaptive camp and adventure settings across several states. She is thrilled
to be the Activity Therapist at St. John Hospital and share her love of
playing and laughing to all who come to stay or visit. When Rachel is
not working, she is probably spending time with her family/friends, at
the barn with her horses, or playing with her Blue Heeler puppy, Molly.
RILEY GRAY, MA, Activity Therapist II
Riley was born in College Station, TX and raised in West Lafayette, IN
with her two younger siblings. She graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor's
of Science in Psychological Science with a minor in Theatre from Ball
State University in Muncie, IN in 2016. In 2018, she earned a Master's
degree in Drama Therapy from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas
and is currently pursuing her Registered Drama Therapist credential. Riley
loves drama, art, music, storytelling and making her patients laugh. She
hopes to start an accessible drama program for people with disabilities
in Kansas City someday as well as become a Dog Mom to as many shelter
dogs as possible.
Fidelis Odoh, MS, Activity Therapist II
Fidelis has been with Saint John Hospital since Nov 2017t. Born in Mobile,
AL and raised in Tallahassee, Florida and the eldest of 5. Fidelis obtained
a B.S. in Health-Science/Pre PT from Florida A&M University(06) and
a M.S. in Sports Health Science from Life University(12), while serving
in the U.S. Army. Fidelis is a war veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom
(Afghanistan) and has served for 9 years with the U.S. Army/Reserves.
Since 2006, Fidelis has been a certified personal trainer providing service
in personal training, group fitness, aqua fitness, Livestrong Cancer,
Farmers Autism Program, and special populations.
Sarah Hembree, Unit Secretary