Board Spotlights: Michele Baker, Medical Director
Interview with Michele Baker, Medical Director, Skate for the 22
This interview originally appeared in Issue 2 of the SFT22 newsletter, What the Puck.
Dr. Michele Baker is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and the newest member to join the Board of Directors as the Medical Director. After serendipitously reading about the Foundation in USA Hockey, Dr. Baker, who has a private practice in Brookline, emailed founder Bobby Cotillon, expressing interest in joining the organization.
“I thought it was a really cool idea,” she said. “For the past five years, I’ve been volunteering for ‘Give an Hour,’ which is a loose consortium of mental health practitioners who volunteer to provide free mental health treatment to military personnel and their families. Because of my interest in that, it [the Foundation] piqued my interest because it is another organization working to serve veterans through hockey, which is my passion.”
Dr. Baker isn’t just a hockey fan; the mom of two also plays on a women’s D-level hockey team, Black Ice, based in the South Shore. She began playing after attending a “mom’s night” clinic hosted by Brookline Youth Hockey. “It’s just a really great experience as an adult to be part of a team, learn something new, and be challenged,” she said.
As for what she hopes to accomplish during her time on the board, Dr. Baker strongly believes in the Foundation’s mission. She is keen on the idea that SFT22 aims to buffer stress and provide coping mechanisms. “I think that is a powerful way to strengthen mental health. I’m hoping to help add legitimacy to community involvement for analysts and participate as a psychiatrist to provide medical information to the Foundation,” Dr. Baker said.
And, because we’re all about hockey here at SFT22, I had to ask who her favorite hockey team/player was. Her answer was, aside from her beloved Black Ice: “Jaromír Jágar! I wear his number, 68, and I love him because he is still playing, and he’s in his 40s, and he’s an all-star.”
Our next board spotlight will feature Dan Wesinger, one of the co-founders of Skate for the 22.