Our Staff

We are writing this letter to express our deep and sincere gratitude to the management and staff of Port Healthcare Center for the extremely competent and loving care given to Dorothy during her more than two years as a resident of the facility. We feel that, based on our personal experiences we would not hesitate to have any loved one as a resident of the Port Healthcare Facility. Thank you, one and all, for your continued loving care for Dorothy during her time as a resident under your capable care.


Port Healthcare Center

Michael Shairs, DO, Outpatient Medical Director

Medical Director

Specialty: Psychiatry

Haverhill, MA - The Whittier Pavilion

Dr. Michael Shairs' background includes a culmination of work and educational experiences based in psychology, social services, and psychiatry. He has worked in residential substance abuse programs, foster care programs for abused children, clinical trials in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and inpatient mental health at McLean Hospital.  He attended Boston University obtaining a Masters Degree in psychology with a focus on neuropsychology. He then received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England, he trained and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, and he is board certified in psychiatry. He is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. His philosophy on patient care is based upon an integrative approach of psychopharmacology combined with psychotherapy and supportive services in meeting the complex needs of individuals with severe persistent mental illness and dual diagnoses.

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Our Staff

Our professionals work 24-hours a day to provide the highest quality care. The staff represents a wide range of specialties, including physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and nutritionists. Together they create a restorative program suited to individual needs and then work to maximize the potential of their patients each day of their stay.

Your physician, in conjunction with our interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, will develop an individual program of restorative care for you. It is our goal to provide all of our residents with an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

We have built our reputation on our quality nursing, medical and therapeutic team. The care and services they provide not only meet, but surpass state and federal guidelines.