Dr. Donna has been a staff psychologist at VA for 26 years. Recently she began running a new program called the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, which supports VA’s holistic approach to the treatment of mental illness.
“I’m thrilled to work at VA because there’s so much opportunity and openness to trying innovative things and prioritizing the patient at the center of the care. I don’t even like to use the word ‘patient’; I think it’s Veteran-centered care here.”
Find out more about Dr. Donna’s experience as a VHA psychologist working in a Veteran-centered environment for over two decades.
Partnering with Veterans
“At VHA we look at the whole picture of the person and develop a Veteran-centered program that’s going to address their problem. This Veteran-centered culture has been remarkable for seeing this change. It’s been a personal journey for me, too, learning it’s not all about the medication.
“Our program focuses on the rehabilitation of the Veteran and partnering with the Veteran to ask: What is it that you want to do with your life? We can focus on what’s right with them and then we build an individual education program around what they want.”
A whole approach to Veteran care
“We focus on a Veteran’s strengths, needs and preferences. The VA has been very proactive in looking at holistic treatments. This particular facility is developing an entire building that’s going to be devoted to acupuncture, yoga-based wellness, tai chi, and massage. It’s empowering the Veteran to be involved in every aspect of their care. What I see every day are these little recovery journeys.”
A collaborative and multidisciplinary environment
“It’s a wonderful place to work. The VA is supportive of research, teaching, and any kind of innovations that you’re interested in that are Veteran-centered. I have so much gratification doing these things with my Veterans myself. I roll up my sleeves and lead by doing; I lead by service. At the core, you have to want to serve. I feel privileged to serve those who serve us.”
Of course, we have many other opportunities in mental health and other health care disciplines. Check out all our current job openings at VA Careers.