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HowDoWe Plan for the Future? THE MORE THINGS CHANGE
W e’re barely at the start of the new year, and I can already see changes on the horizon. The biggest difference between 2018 and 2019 is the fact that Audrey won’t be a baby anymore. Apparently, once kids turn 1, they’re a toddler. We’re going to have a mobile creature running around the house pretty soon! This will bring new challenges, but there are fresh opportunities with that too. Renee won’t have to breastfeed anymore, which will give her a lot more freedom in terms of her daily schedule and travel. We probably won’t travel too much over the next few years — plane trips are a whole new level of challenging when you have a toddler — but we do have a few getaways planned. Renee and I would like to take a ski trip this February, so my parents will fly down and take care of Audrey for a few days. This is great for my parents because they love spending time with her, and it’s great for Renee and I because we get to have a little time to ourselves. In years past, I’ve had a list of 10 New Year’s resolutions and changes I want to make in the coming year. For 2019, I think I’d rather focus on the things I want to keep the same. In terms of the practice, I think we’re in a pretty good place. It’s never been my goal to expand into a massive corporation with rotating
able to say with confidence that my staff and I are on the same page. My philosophy has always been to try and get the desired results for our patients through the least-invasive treatments possible. We can turn to surgery or prescribe medication if necessary, but I would much rather work with lifestyle or dietary changes to help patients feel healthier without the extra stress or side effects. Outside of the office, one thing I want to keep the same in 2019 is being able to see my family every day. I can’t say what’s going to happen in the new year or what changes may come, but if I can come home at the end of a long day in 2019 and spend time with Renee, Audrey, and the dogs, that will be fine by me.
doctors. I like running my own practice because it means I get to work directly with my patients and my staff. Most of my staff has worked with me for years. They’re recognizable faces who greet patients when they come in, and I think that’s important. When patients have to go to giant corporations, they always see different people behind the desk and might have to deal with a different doctor every time. It’s not like that at our practice. Patients are able to find comfort in familiar faces when dealing with unfamiliar problems. Plus, with a smaller practice, I am
“For 2019, I think I’d rather focus on the things I want to keep the same.”
Happy New Year’s to you all. Whatever goals you have for 2019, whether they’re big changes or things you want to keep the same, I hope you are successful and have a wonderful year.
–Dr. Seth Evans
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