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 KHAYAT, 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.
RACHEL OSWALD, 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 or at the barn with her horses.
JESSICA POELL, LMSW, Social Worker II
Jessica has been a licensed social worker in the state of Kansas since 2005. Jessica has experience working with infants to older adults in both rural and urban settings. Jessica graduated from Emporia State University with a B.S. in 2003. She then attended University of Missouri- Kansas City where she obtained her Master's Degree in Social Work with a study in Generalist practice in 2005. Jessica has been in the Prime Healthcare System since 2014, transitioned to Senior Behavioral Health unit in March of 2015.
SHANNA VANTUYL, LMSW, Social Worker II
Shanna is a Master's Level Social Worker with 13 years of field experience. She returned to the medical field and began working at St. John Hospital in 2015 after working with Elementary aged children. The transition from young children to the Aging population has been an extraordinary journey! Being present for people and their families while experiencing a medical crisis is both important and a privilege to assist as a Social Worker. Recognizing this can be a difficult time for Patients and their families, Shanna has incorporated the use of her Therapy Dog named Bentley. Bentley is the 2nd dog Shanna has trained to be a Therapy Dog and has utilized in a clinical setting while practicing as a Social Worker. Providing an avenue to experience the natural bond between humans and animals while managing any kind of life difficulty has become a passion and focus for Shanna throughout her Professional career. It truly is an amazing thing to watch when the presence of Bentley can bring a smile to a person's face, spark a treasured memory or just provide a level of comfort needed at just the right time.
BENTLEY, Therapy Dog
Bentley is a 4 year old Golden Retriever who has specialized training that started when he was just 8 weeks old! He grew up working in an Elementary School, loving children and the adults equally! Transitioning to the Hospital setting with the Aging Population was a piece of cake! With his goofy personality, constant smile and need for hugs, pets and attention, Bentley makes everyone's day just a little bit better!
SHANNON RYAN, RN, Intake Coordinator
Shannon is a registered nurse with 4 and a half years of experience. She started her career at St. John in 2012 as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) on the Senior Behavioral Health Unit. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Nursing. When Shannon is not working she enjoys spending time with her two boys.