Pacific Quest Announces the Hiring of Psychiatrist Dr. Shelly Ham

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Pacific Quest, an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling adolescents and young adults, welcomes Psychiatrist Dr. Shelly Ham to its clinical and wellness team.

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Pacific Quest continues to take steps to provide the most comprehensive and sustainable care for our students and families.

Pacific Quest announces the hiring of Psychiatrist Dr. Shelly Ham to its clinical and wellness team. Dr. Shelly Ham will have an integral role working with Pacific Quest’s treatment professionals where she will oversee and evaluate the psychiatric needs of all adolescent and young adult students enrolled at Pacific Quest's wilderness programs. Suzanne McKinney, co-founder of Pacific Quest states, “Pacific Quest continues to take steps to provide the most comprehensive and sustainable care for our students and families. Welcome Dr. Ham to our ohana!”

Dr. Shelly Ham earned her BA from Rutgers University (Cook College), and then went on to receive her MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy, Dr. Ham worked as a Psychiatric Care Counselor for St. Joseph's Medical Center. Dr. Ham moved to Hawaii in 1996 and served as a Community Psychiatrist, and Clinical Director for East Hawaii Community Mental Health Center. Dr. Ham also worked as a Psychiatrist for Helping Hands Hawaii, Children's Comprehensive Services and Care Hawaii.

Since 2000, Dr. Ham has served as Examiner for the Office of the Public Defender and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. Dr. Ham has worked as Chief Resident, Clinical Instructor and Assistant Professor for the University of Hawaii since 1996. Among many accolades, Dr. Ham is the recipient of the Pfizer Resident of the Year Award, the Ginsberg Fellowship at The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and Outstanding Clinical Professor, University of Hawai'i, John A. Burns School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Their wilderness programs offer a clinical, yet holistic approach to treatment, going beyond traditional wilderness therapy and teaching sustainable life skills. Pacific Quest’s proprietary therapeutic model is a groundbreaking approach that uses organic gardening to create concrete metaphors for its students as they cultivate their own health and happiness. Pacific Quest provides an environment that allows for a true discovery process for its students, a place that is safe, structured, experiential and natural. Owned and operated by a veteran team of professionals with

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