‘EAR NEWS AND THROAT’
WHERE BLUEBONNETS BLOOM What Brought aVirginia Boy to Central Texas?
school to learn how to treat. However, I do wish, at some point in time, my class schedule included a course titled “How to Run a Business.” Running a practice demands so much more than being able to diagnose and treat a sick person. Suddenly, I needed to understand taxes, learn how to hire (and fire) new people, and manage paperwork, all while making sure my patients still receive the high-quality service they deserve. I suppose it might have been less work in the long run if I had joined a big corporate practice instead of staying solo, but I really like my patients. Good, genuine people walk into this office needing my help, and I have a responsibility to take care of them. I couldn’t just up and abandon them to avoid running a business. What’s more, I’m fortunate to have a great team here. Everyone knows how to do their job and put our patients first. I don’t have to worry about anyone when it comes to administrative stuff, and I know they’re always here to help.
I grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, at the bottom of mountains covered in giant, green trees. The flat, brown plains of central Texas are a completely different world, but no less pretty. I first came out here back when I was still in training. My sister lived in Austin, and I flew down here to visit her a couple of times. During each visit, I fell more and more in love with the area. I loved the warm weather, the music scene, and the vibrant atmosphere. More than anything else, I was taken with how friendly and welcoming the people are here in Texas. When I finished my residency, I knew exactly where I wanted to start my career. Most doctors get jobs at big hospitals and corporations, but I never liked how powerless that would make a person. If you work at a big hospital, the higher-ups can open a satellite office 50 miles away and assign you to that location, or make you work on Christmas Day even if your family is in town. I wanted to be in control of my career. When I came down to Texas and started working at Texan ENT, I joined Dr. Chris Thompson who founded the practice in 2011. At the end of 2014, I bought the ENT practice from him and watched my responsibilities multiply exponentially.
Things have changed a lot since I first came down to Austin to visit my sister. When I was in residency training, the people I was treating weren’t
really “my patients.” They were my boss’ patients, and I was just there to help. For all the hard work, I love running my own practice. Now everyone is my patient, and when I see one of my patients feeling miles better after I’ve helped them, it’s a great reward. What’s more, I love that my practice is in a place where I’m happy to live, and I get to help some of the most kind and self-reliant people I’ve ever met. –Dr. Seth Evans
They teach you a lot in medical school. The weight of the textbooks alone is enough to cause the sort of back damage many future doctors go to
“More than anything else, I was taken with how friendly and welcoming the people are here in Texas. When I finished my residency, I knew exactly where I wanted to start my career.”
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