Mindy Udell, MD, returned to her birthplace of Yakima, Washington, and now works as a third-year family practice resident at Central Washington Family Medicine. A Lakota Sioux, Udell spent the summers of her childhood working the small family farm in the Yakima Valley town of Satus Creek. "The medical community in Yakima is so friendly and the patient population is equally rewarding,” Udell says. “There are professional development opportunities everywhere, too.”
Four different physicians, one common objective: practice medicine at home. These doctors chose to practice medicine in the medically under served areas they have called home since childhood. Challenging? Sure. But, as homegrown family practice physicians, these doctors reap unique professional and personal benefits.
The first white persons to view Washington’s Yakima (YAK-i-maw) Valley were traveling with the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806. The area takes its name from the Native Americans of the area, the Yakama Nation, one of the largest tribal groups of the Pacific Northwest. Today the city of Yakima has about 82,000 residents, and around 230,000 more populating the many small, rural towns dotting the Yakima Valley, a large area of about 4,300 square miles.
Located in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range in south-central Washington, Yakima has sun 300 days of the year. The Yakima Valley boasts more than 50 vineyards and wineries and is the primary source of the nation’s hops as well. Ranching and farming are important and honored professions in Yakima Valley, and the lifeblood of its economy. more »
Topics: Practice Success, Relocating