Dr. John Sentell hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he attended Louisiana State University earning an undergraduate degree in Zoology. He was commissioned into the US Naval Reserves through the Health Promotions Scholarship Program prior to being admitted to Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. In 1982, he graduated with a Medical Degree. His formal psychiatric training was done at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, Ca. where he was nominated by his peers to become Chief Resident. He was Board Certified by the American College of Psychiatry and Neurology in June 1989.
After Residency, he was assigned as Head, Mental Health Department, NH Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Aug 1986-Aug 1988; Chairman, Department of Mental Health Naval Hospital, Charleston, SC Aug 1988-Jun 1991; and Head Department Mental Health, Naval Hospital Guam Jul 1991-Apr 1993. During Desert Storm/Shield, he served aboard the USS Nassau (LHA-4) as the Navyís first forward deployed psychiatrist on a Naval Combatant Vessel. During this assignment, CAPT Sentell achieved qualification as a Surface Warfare Medical Officer.
Dr. Sentell was selected as the first Medical Corps Officer to attend the Army-Baylor Universityís Masters Program in Healthcare Administration. Graduating with honors, he obtained a Residency position in the Office of Legislative Affairs, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery gaining insight into the Washington political process. During his utilization tour in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), he became the TRICARE Medical Director for Mental Health and Program Director for Patient Advocacy and Medical Ethics.
He became the Executive Officer of Naval Hospital, Okinawa Apr 1999-Oct 2000. CAPT Sentell served as the Deputy Chief of the Medical Corps until July 2002. He served as the Executive Officer, Naval Hospital, Jacksonville in Aug 2002 and as her Commanding Officer from Aug 2003 to Aug 2005.
Upon retirement, after 27 years of service, Dr. Sentell became the Regional Medical Director and Clinical Coordinator for Magellan Healthcare, Incís mid-Atlantic region. He then took a position with the Veteranís Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, WV managing the VAís 4th largest mental health program.
Dr. Sentellís military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal (2 awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other service and unit awards. He earned the ACHEís Regents Award for managerial excellence in 2005.
CAPT Sentell and his wife, Jeanmarie have one son, Travis, and two daughters, Heather and Brianna.