SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – A longtime Vermont health care provider and community volunteer has joined Senior Solutions Board of Directors. Dr. Allan Shirks of Townshend has more than 35 years experience as a board-certified psychiatrist with stints at the Dartmouth Institute, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Brattleboro Retreat, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He also serves on the Grace Cottage Hospital Board of Trustees.
The Senior Solutions Board of Directors is a nine-member group responsible for oversight of the non-profit organization.
“Navigating life as an older adult is not an easy endeavor,” said Shirks. “I am honored to join the Board of Senior Solutions in its quest to help people age successfully.”
“Allan Shirks has a long and distinguished record of community service and expertise in a critical part of health care for older adults; we are very pleased he’ll be sharing his knowledge with our organization,” noted Carol Stamatakis, Senior Solutions executive director.
“Hopefully, my broad experience will allow me to contribute to the important work of Senior Solutions in our community,” added Shirks.
Dr. Shirks earned a bachelor’s degree at California State University at Hayward, his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, a master’s at the Dartmouth Institute, and he also completed the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program.
Senior Solutions is a non-profit group serving 46 communities in Windsor and Windham counties, providing older adults with critical information and assistance like Meals on Wheels, health insurance and mental health counseling, transportation, exercise programs, home based social services, and caregiver support.