John A. McKinnon, M.D., was educated at Harvard, Cambridge University, Case Western Reserve University, Yale, and Norwich University. He taught at the University of California, San Francisco, and directed psychiatry hospital programs in Texas and Montana. Disgusted with the mediocrity of “managed” care, he left traditional medical centers to co-found Montana Academy, a therapeutic school for troubled teenagers on a remote ranch near Glacier Park. His co-founder and wife, Rosemary, is also a therapist, and they have three daughters.
He is or has been Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Associate Director of Resident Training, University of California (UCSF); Chief, Outpatient Psychiatric Services, San Francisco VA Medical Center; Clinical Director, Adolescent Psychiatry & Substance Abuse, Charter Hospital of Fort Worth, TX; Medical Director, Pathways Treatment Center (Psychiatry Service, Kalispell Regional Medical Center); Private Practice, Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry; and Co-Founder, Montana Academy and Founder, Montana Academy Foundation.