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Olson retires from VA center in IM

DR. KAREN OLSON, center, receives her retirement certificate from Jim Rice, medical center director, after serving 10 years at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Also present is Sarah Buckley, associate chief nurse of home and community-based care.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dr. Karen Olson of Iron Mountain retired Dec. 29 from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain after 10 years of federal service.

Olson received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in May 1980, then her master of science degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 1984 and her doctorate of philosophy, clinical psychology from the University of Detroit in 1996.

After a varied career in the private sector, Olson came to the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center on Oct. 13, 2009, as a clinical psychologist in the home-based primary care program.

Olson worked in various areas during her tenure at the VA center, including the outpatient mental health service, home-based primary care and the community living center.

She also was involved in various administrative projects and committees, including serving as the chairwoman of the local Dementia Committee, a member of the VISN 12 Dementia Committee, a member of the National Dementia Workgroup, as well as a member of the Palliative Care Committee. She was highly involved in the system redesign workgroup and was trained to the Black Belt level of redesign facilitator.

Olson also works in private practice at the Iron Mountain Counseling Center in Iron Mountain.

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