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Dr. Man Anand, M.D. Psychiatrist

Dr Anand

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."

Cary Christie, RN, APN, MSNA, Director of Behavioral Health Services

Cary Christie DirectorCary began his career in nursing as a Certified Nurse's Assistant (CNA) his senior year in High School as part of a cooperative education program. He was the president of his Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter at that time. Cary then achieved certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), worked as an EMT on a KS. rural ambulance service for 3 years and as an EMT in an emergency room for two years before accepting a position as a Mental Health Technician (MHT) at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS. Cary graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Baker University at Stormont Vail in Topeka, KS. in May 1993. Following graduation Cary accepted a position as the Director of Nursing (DON) at Bethesda's Faith Village, an intermediate Care Facility for adults with Mental Retardation (ICFMR) and served patients with developmental delays for over 8 years as the DON. Cary recalls working with this population of patients and being active in the Special Olympics program as "some of the most memorable times" in his nursing career.

Cary finished the Adult Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City (UMKC) in Dec. 2000 and then also completed and graduated from UMKC with a Master's in Nursing Administration in Dec. 2001. Cary owned and operated his own business for medical transportation services and performed medical device sales with a company that made an implant for people with medically refractory epilepsy for nearly eight years before returning to psychiatry nursing at the Kansas State Hospital in Osawatomie, KS.

Most recently Cary worked as the manager of adult acute care psychiatry services at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon where he was able to achieve the psychiatry department's role in moving up from a level one to a level three magnet status. He then worked for three and a half years with Peace Health in Eugene, Oregon as the manager of adult acute care psychiatry services and supported hospital growth in their "Pathways to Excellence" journey. In March of 2020 Cary returned home to Kansas where he worked as the DON at the Adair Acute Care psychiatry hospital in Osawatomie, KS. before joining our team at St. John Hospital as the Director of Behavioral Health Services on March 1, 2021.

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 II

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.

Nikki Hitchcock, LMSW, Social Worker II

Rachel Hill, CTRS, Recreational Therapist III

Rachel has a passion for working with people of all ages and all ability levels. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree 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 a Recreational Therapist at St. John Hospital and share her love of playing and laughing to all who visit. Rachel is a proud mother to a beautiful daughter and loves spending time with her family and friends.

Makayla Callaghan, BS, Activity Therapist II

MaKayla was a volunteer for the Senior Behavioral Health Unit while she was completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from the University of St. Mary (Leavenworth, KS). During that time, she developed a love for Recreational Therapy after seeing the impact these activities had on the geriatric population. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Recreation, emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, through Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO). Upon completion, she plans to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

MaKayla is passionate about helping people reach their fullest potential and is happy to be a part of the team at Saint John Hospital. She is a talented dancer and has been a dance instructor for almost three years. She enjoys teaching others about the importance of having a healthy/ active lifestyle and loves making people smile. She strives to make a positive impact on all those she serves. When at home, MaKayla spends time loving her two dogs: Boone and Sully.

Sarah Hembree, Unit Secretary

Sami Jo Van Winkle, Unit Secretary