Join us for a delicious meal as you learn the “Difference Between Normal Aging and Dementia” with special guest speaker Dr. Gary Linker with Health Initiatives Research
An Oklahoma native, Gary Linker left his family’s farm after high school, enlisting in the U.S. Army. While serving in Honduras, he was attached to a medical unit that offered EMT classes after hours. Attending these classes sparked his interest in medicine. After leaving the Army, he began his educational training at Brigham Young University, graduating from BYU with a degree in psychology.
From there, he continued his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, earning a degree in medical laboratory sciences. He returned to his home state for medical school and graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1996. He completed his medical internship and psychiatric residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciencesin Little Rock, Arkansas.
After residency, Dr. Linker moved to Bethesda, Maryland, where he completed a three-year fellowship in Alzheimer’s disease at the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s foremost medical research agency. During this time, he also completed an externship at Johns Hopkins University and was on the faculty of George Washington Medical School. A diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Linker lives with his wife and daughter in Northwest Arkansas where he is in hospital-based practice.