Why Family Medicine

I’m Kristina Polley, a Physician Assistant that practices Family Medicine.

I’m referred by most of my patients as their “family doc”.

Typically, that means that I take care of their high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, weight issues, high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, and a few other chronic conditions.

I’m the one they see for their sinus infections, twisted ankle, strep throat, or other quick and easy issues that may arise.

I may never come up with a new cure, perform a life-saving surgery, or view a skin cancer under a microscope.

But I will be the one that remembers all of your children.

I will be the one that prays for you when you have an upcoming job interview.

I will be the one that finds your breast cancer, refers you to the specialist for treatment, and then follows you monthly, asking about your appetite, checking your weight, celebrating your victory after each radiation treatment, and holding your hand when you cry from exhaustion, frustration, and fear.

I’m your “family doc” because my patients feel like family.

My heart hurts when their spouse dies.

My heart rejoices when you diabetes is under good control and you’re able to continue your job as a truck driver again.

My heart is with each of my patients in the exam room.

I chose Family Medicine because I want to be there for my “family” during their ups and downs.

I chose Family Medicine because I want to be their backbone when their health is in chaos.

I chose Family Medicine because it first chose me when I was a PA student. The stories of my patients, their passions, their opinions, questions, concerns, and joys grasped at my heart and soul and never let go.

I chose Family Medicine because it chose me.

I’m an introverted person, which means I don’t care for the spot light. As a Christian, my entire goal in life is to turn the spot light on Christ and to turn people towards this spot light as well.

When I grieve with my patients, it’s because I want them to know I’m there for them. But most importantly, I want them to know that God is there for them.

I want them to know that when I pray for answers for my patients, the answers are found because God is there for them. I’m merely the instrument.

I want them to know that when they hit their head and possibly break their wrist, I ask about what happened and who was involved because I want them to know that their trauma is unacceptable and that our God loves them and will answer their prayers to help them through this difficult time.

I work in Family Medicine in service of others.

I don’t want to be famous. I want God and his son Jesus to be famous.

Jesus is famous for bringing people back to life, walking on water, healing the sick, forgiving an adulteress, and ultimately dying on a cross to save us all.

I don’t want the spot light because I don’t deserve it. All of my training, my experience, and my work as a PA is only possibly through the mercy and grace of God when he answers my prayers for patients.

There is a song by Tauren Wells that’s called “Famous For (I believe)”. The words to this song are utterly amazing. He is asking for the power, strength, and love of God to come to us.

Because that’s what He is famous for.

Here are the lyrics to my favorite part of the song:

“Make way through the waters. Walk me through the fire. Do what you are famous for. What you are famous for. Shut the mouths of lions. Bring dry bones to life and do what you are famous for. What you are famous for. I believe in you. God, I believe in you.”

I chose family medicine to avoid the spotlight and give it to the one who deserves it.

What do you need our famous God to do for you today?

Say it out loud. It doesn’t matter how big or how small. Just say it out loud and pray for God to resolve it for you.

Do you have a sick family member?

Do you struggle with addiction?

Are your children acting out against you?

Is your marriage falling apart?

Are you in desperate need of a pay raise?

Close your eyes. Lift your hands up to the heavens. And ask God to do what he is famous for.

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