Location: West Linn, Oregon, United States
Vicki L. Schmall, PhD, Gerontologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Dr. Schmall never fully intended to pursue a career in gerontology. She often says she “fell into it.” After graduating from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science, she proceeded to further her education at Oregon State University. As she completed her required courses in gerontology, she found that it was a perfect field to pursue. Remembering the summers she spent caring for her grandparents, Dr. Schmall felt strongly about providing the elderly with proper care and has since dedicated her life to doing so. In 1975, she began familiarizing herself with the field as the director of the Program on Gerontology at Oregon State University. Two years later, she acquired a PhD and began working as a professor and gerontology specialist at the aforementioned university. Dr. Schmall earned the title of professor emeritus in 1994 in recognition of her success upon retiring from the classroom.
Currently, Dr. Schmall is upholding the title of executive director and gerontology specialist at Aging Concerns in West Linn, Oregon. She additionally consults for various programs on occasion, the most recent being the Be EPIC Dementia Program at Western University, which ran from 2019 until 2020. Dr. Schmall continues to be active in her civic community as well. Since 2018, she has served on the My Caregiver Resources Committee for the Portland-Metro Area. Further, she is on the board of directors for the Age Friendly Innovators and Ride Connection.
Looking back on her multitude of successes, Dr. Schmall considers her greatest achievement to be the program she completed for the Legacy Healthcare System, entitled “The Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” It has since been shared in 40 states, as well as in South Korea, which is an amazing accomplishment considering Dr. Schmall brought it to life completely on her own. A well-respected individual in her field, she has been abundantly awarded. The most recent addition to her collection of honors was the LEAP Award from the JFR Foundation in 2014, which followed numerous earlier accolades, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Montana State University and the Gloria Cavanaugh Award from the American Society on Aging. As a further testament to her success, Dr. Schmall is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who of American Women.
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