Gerontologist and owner of Bellamy and Watson Fields, Dr. John Hopkins enjoyed a Jesuit Prep School education, then attended Villanova and Marywood Universities and the University of Pittsburgh. He accumulated a Bachelors and two Masters Degrees and the Doctor of Public Health Degree.
The Pittsburgh experience began in 1977 and involved working in clinical and administrative positions at a Veterans Administration psychiatric hospital. His thesis on Schizophrenia and dissertation on Agent Orange grew out of his work with WWII and Vietnam Veterans. His academic and professional awards and honors were important to his mother.
Serendipity struck and in 1984, John was invited by his friend Norman White MD to move to New Hampshire and develop New England’s first geriatric psychiatry program in a community hospital. John served as the hospital’s Director of Social Work as well as administering the geriatric psychiatric programs. He joined a group of like-minded clinicians and had a popular community psychotherapy practice during the same time, including psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical social workers.
John incorporated Seacoast Geriatrics when he wore out his welcome at the hospital in 2002. In 2005, Bellamy Fields opened with John as majority shareholder. The success of Bellamy provided sufficient funds to capitalize Watson Fields, which opened in 2009.
Emily and Sean Hopkins credit their mother, John’s wife, Sue, for their charming personalities, good looks and success in graduate schools.