I go back to what made me want to be a doctor in the first place. My mom worked for a local doctor here in Central Texas. I’d get off school in the afternoons and do my homework sitting in his office. When I was done with homework, I would make rounds with him in the hospital. I had my stethoscope before I had a driver’s license. And to put a stethoscope on and hear your first heart murmur as a 12-year-old, to have someone explain what that is — I can’t even begin to tell you what a memorable, impactful experience that [was for] me. He was a private practice physician in a small town, so if someone needed him, he was just a phone call away. That was always my ambition, to go to a place where my patients were a phone call away. So a combination of years of moments as a kid made the way I practice what it is here in Waco.
February 1, 2019