Mercy is welcoming a new psychiatrist to treat senior patients at Mercy Hospital Ardmore. Dr. George Michael Strickland, who began seeing patients in November, has more than 28 years of experience working with behavioral health.
“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.”
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.
“My philosophy with patients is to help them identify their health care goals and then achieve them one at a time,” said Dr. Strickland. “I enjoy working with the senior population and fully believe in supporting seniors’ mental health, which helps them maintain their dignity as they age.”
In his spare time, Dr. Strickland enjoys spending time at the lake and boating with his family. He will see patients at Mercy Senior Behavioral Health, an inpatient unit for senior individuals.