Company: Annapolis Vet Center
Location: Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States
Michael Gatson, Director at Annapolis Vet Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical facility administration.
After initially obtaining an associate degree in general studies and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 2004, Dr. Gatson subsequently earned a Master of Social Work in 2007 from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, and a Doctor of Philosophy in psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2017. He gained valuable initial experience as a master social work intern with Shreveport Veteran Center from 2005 to 2006 and inpatient social work at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport from 2006 to 2007. From 2007 through 2021, Dr. Gatson provided superior care as a psychotherapist with Day Spring Behavioral Health Services in Eldorado, Arkansas; a home health social worker with Alpha Social Services, and an adult crisis social worker with Capital Area Human Services District in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and a medical social worker, marriage and family therapist and mental health consultant with various venues in Louisiana, Kansas, and Maryland.
Since 2021, Dr. Gatson has excelled as director of the Annapolis Vet Center in Maryland, where his responsibilities include providing clinical and administrative leadership, management and supervision of all Vet Center staff, as well as direct social work intervention involving severe and complicated problems encountered by veterans and their families or significant others. He is motivated in his work in Veterans Affairs by his passion for helping individuals, as he was part of a military family himself and had a father who experienced post-traumatic stress disorder. As a career highlight, he cites meeting former first lady Michelle Obama and current first lady Dr. Jill Biden, who interviewed him at his workplace in Veterans Affairs about his work with the military population and their families. Having already published a children’s book, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” which touches on dealing with mental illness within families, he plans to write additional children’s books dealing with depression and anxiety. In addition, he is looking into teaching full-time.
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