New Psychiatrist and Nurse Practitioner to Treat Behavioral Health in Ada

January 10, 2024

Mercy is welcoming two new providers to the team. Dr. George Michael Strickland, who has more than 28 years of experience in behavioral health, and Anne Kingori, who has more than 16 years of experience in nursing, began seeing patients in December at Mercy Clinic Behavioral Health in Ada.

“I love working with mental health and making an impact on people’s lives,” said Dr. Strickland. “It is rewarding to see the remarkable changes treatment can make. Watching my patients recover and lead healthy lives is what drives me.” 

Mercy doctor's coat Anne Kingori, PMHNP and Dr. George Michael Strickland

Dr. Strickland received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Louis University and attended medical school at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine. He later completed a medical residency in psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

“I chose to practice psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people,” Dr. Strickland said. “It’s important to me to communicate with and understand where my patients are coming from.”

After residency, Dr. Strickland served at Reynolds Army Community Hospital in Fort Sill and later at several other facilities around Lawton. He specializes in adult and geriatric psychiatric patients with a variety of mental health conditions. 

Anne Kingori was born and raised in Kenya, Africa. She felt drawn to the welcoming community in Ada and the area’s commitment to excellent health care.

“I felt called to make a difference in people’s lives from a young age,” said Kingori. “A career in health care allows me to combine my passion for helping others with my interest in mental health. I believe compassionate care can transform lives.”

Kingori became a licensed practice nurse through First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine, Florida. After several years of work, she received an associate degree in nursing from Grayson College in Denison, Texas, and later a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas in Arlington. Kingori recently completed a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on mental health from Walden University.         

“I am deeply committed to establishing strong connections with my patients and understanding not only their medical conditions, but also the unique aspects of their lives that may impact their health,” Kingori said. “Whether it’s emphasizing the importance of preventive care, focusing on medication management or addressing specific risk factors, my goal is to empower patients to take control of their health and well-being.”

In his spare time, Dr. Strickland enjoys spending time at the lake and boating with his family. Kingori enjoys spending time at the beach, singing, reading and visiting family and friends. Both are accepting new patients of all ages at Mercy Clinic Behavioral Health in Ada.