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Lawrence Model MD
Board Certified: Family Practice
Medical School/Degree: The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Hospital Affiliations: Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY.
Residency: Family Practice - Saint Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, NY
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Longitudinal integrated transgenerational full spectrum family medical caring.
Year Joined: 2015
What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?
My interest in medicine began in 10th grade when I took Biology, and in English class we read several books about physicians. I was also influenced by my Pediatrician, and ultimately attended the same medical school. To this was added a commitment to service, joy from helping people, and the excitement of solving problems.
What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?
Practicing family medicine was my desire before entering medical school, and was reinforced by my interest in every aspect of practice to which I was exposed, and through the entire spectrum of life. I enjoyed delivering babies, treating them as children, caring for their adult parents, and blessed to have their older generations in my practice. I added Addiction Medicine because of the suffering I witnessed from the epidemic of opiate abuse.
How do you connect with your patients?
Personally, I am often thought of as "part of the family" just as they know about mine. I take a genuine interest in everything about them, placing their concerns into context so I may better understand what they are dealing with. I have been invited to weddings, Christenings, and other life cycle events. Closing my practice was heartbreaking for us all.
What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?
Travel photography is a hobby, and 53 of my photographs filled my office. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force Auxiliary, I was a squadron and group commander, Inspector General for the State of NY; and 3rd in Command as Chief of Staff. Currently, I serve on the state promotion board, and participate in emergency and disaster relief events.
What is your advice for your patients?
Be mindful and try to live in the present, not dwell on the past or fantasize about the future. Invest in your health, seek balance in your life, be open to possibilities. Control is an illusion; joy is a choice.