We are pleased to have Jeffrey Stephens, MD, PhD as our new resident physician.
An introduction from Dr. Stephens-
“I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan attending Albion College where I earned a BA in Biology. I then went on to complete a Masters of Science in Ecology and a PhD in wildlife disease at Oakland University. My studies were focused on trying to understand how our environment influences disease spread in animals. Research was always very important to me but I wanted to take a step further to apply my knowledge to human health. After completing my PhD, I started medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit MI, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors. My father was an orthopedist and my mother was an orthopedic nurse, so naturally I tried to follow in my fathers footsteps. I started residency at Harbor-UCLA in Los Angeles. After 2.5 grueling years of orthopedic trauma I was very unsatisfied with what I was doing. I came from a research background and deeply understand how important our environment is to our health, and preserving it for that matter. I felt that rural family medicine would be a good fit for me in terms of combining my prior knowledge of our environment with preventative medicine. Additional city life was not for me. Some of my greatest memories were spending summers on my Aunt’s farm in rural Michigan, as well as my travels to remote areas during graduate school. So in 2020 I resigned from orthopedics and transitioned to family medicine. I am so very happy with my decision to change paths, and feel very fulfilled.
In terms of my interests, I am an avid cyclist. The rolling dirt roads surrounding Wray are a pleasure to ride. You may also see me walking my 5 month old Australian shepherd, Sandy, around town with my wife.
I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the health of the Wray Community and look forward to my 2 years here!”
Welcome Dr. Stephens!