Dr. Manion completed his three-year residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston in 1983. His undergraduate studies were completed at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana, graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy. He attended LSU Medical School in New Orleans where he received his M.D. in 1978. Dr. Manion completed an Internal Medicine internship in Denver and subsequently worked as an ER physician for a year prior to choosing to specialize in adult psychiatry.
Board-certified in psychiatry with over twenty five years of practice in a wide diversity of clinical settings, Dr. Manion has been on the active medical staff of multiple Boston area hospitals, including serving on the staff of a medical rehabilitation hospital as a psychiatric consultant to a high-intensity catastrophic illness population (traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and acute and chronic neurologic disease). It was this experience especially that sparked his passionate interest in understanding more fully the dynamics behind physician stress and burnout and in establishing environments for individuals to achieve – and organizations to foster – optimal productivity and worklife health.After moving to the Wilmington, NC area in 2002, he continued to practice psychiatry at Alpha Counseling and also further developed his coaching, organizational consulting and workshop programs through "Work/Life Design, Ltd."
He is finalizing his first book "MindSense - How to Dismantle Your Psychological Turmoil and Find Genuine Happiness".
In 2009, concerned about the emerging PTSD crisis amongst returning service-members and eager to apply his MindSense model to this population, Dr. Manion undertook Department of Defense contract work as a civilian psychiatrist at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base at the Deployment Health Center, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. His experiences there led him to conclude that there was an immense and immediate need for both mental health and medical services to be provided to active duty military outside of the base confines. Dr. Manion plans to expand his Wilmington practice, allying with both mental health and medical specialty providers in offering service members a truly integrated comprehensive post-deployment health care program.