Dr. Crooks is applying the mission of SageMy™Life “To create a future where people everywhere achieve health, happiness and success by activating the untapped potential of the connections they have with others in their networks,” to assisting caregivers, particularly those with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.
Prior to her work at SageMy™Life, Dr. Crooks founded and served as President of Strategic Health Policy International, Inc. where she solved some of the toughest health care problems of our times by distilling chaos and complexity into recognizable trends and patterns and easily digestible, action-oriented insights. She is also the Founder of Best Edge. This is a company devoted to helping the highest-performing executive women stay in the game and confront the unique challenges they face as women working to solve health care problems and have satisfying personal lives.
Dr. Crooks derives her expertise from her professional history in senior positions in government as a Reagan appointee and as an executive in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Crooks was the first Vice-President for Worldwide Operations of Merck’s newly created Vaccine Business, growing sales from $400 million to over $1 billion during the 1991-1994 formative years. Prior to that, she developed policy operations at Merck & Co., Inc. for markets globally and, during those “Most Admired Corporation” years, her policy group was recognized as the best in the Fortune 500.
Dr. Crooks devotes her time to academic, professional, and philanthropic endeavors as well. She is adjunct professor at the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, Founder and Chairman of Causeway Collective, and an officer on the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship Board and a Board Member of Beyond Celiac. She served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative Board of Scientific Councilors and was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee to advise the Department of Defense on bio-terrorism countermeasures. She was founding Vice-Chair of the Partnership for Prevention, a member of the National Council of the Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Chairman of the National Commission on Rare Diseases, and received the Congressional Exemplary Service Award for Orphan Products Development. She is a recipient of the highest award in public health, the Surgeon General’s Medallion, awarded by C. Everett Koop.
Dr. Crooks is the author of Covenants: Inspiring the Soul of Healing, is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. She was awarded a Ph.D. from Indiana University.