Susan graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1978 and finished her residency in family practice in Augusta, Maine at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program in 1981. After a year of hiking, working, and traveling with her husband in Nepal, Thailand, Egypt and Israel she started a group family practice in Skowhegan, Maine with four friends who had similar dreams of doing part-time family practice with an emphasis on prevention, health education and a holistic approach to patient care while also having time to raise families. Since 2001 she has been doing college health full time. She loves working with young adults, teaching them about healthy lifestyle choices (in particular diet and exercise choices and partnering with them about how to keep unhealthy habits at a minimum) in order to help prevent most of the serious adult diseases that we see in this country, teaching them about the importance of the mind-body connection in health and disease (teaching relaxation/meditation techniques) and teaching them how to navigate the health care system for the first time on their own. She has always had a real interest in complementary and alternative medicine and has tried to incorporate some awareness of those approaches to healing in to her own medical work. To be part of a great team of caring supportive people providing truly inexpensive traditional and holistic health care, counseling and health education is a real blessing to her.
Susan still lives in Skowhegan with her husband, David Larkin, and her two horses, a great dog and cat and three chickens. They live off the grid with solar panels powering the house and wood heating it and have large gardens that feed them all year. She is quite involved in the local food movement in her area and, for sixteen years, was on the school board in Skowhegan. They spend a lot of time doing all sorts of outdoor sports and activities involving water, mountains, woods and gardens.