My father’s a physician and my grandfather and my great grandfather, so I’m a fourth generation physician. I grew up with it, and it’s really all I’ve ever wanted to do. I sort of just knew, and I like the idea of getting to know families over time and taking care of them for the long term.
It has to be a two-way street. The patient has to be involved in their care and make either opinions or recommendations of their own known. I don’t want to be a dictator and say you have to do this and you have to do that. I need to hear what you have to say and have your help along the way in terms of giving you the best care.
Rewarding is when people actually tell me, “Thank you for listening, you actually heard what I had to say.” You know, when they’ve had people in the past who maybe didn’t quite understand or didn’t really give them a chance to say what they wanted to say and actually be heard. So that’s pretty rewarding.