Patrick Erickson, DO
My journey towards a career in medicine took a somewhat unconventional path. While one might assume that my interest in the field was sparked by growing up in the midst of my father’s Family Practice, my true calling revealed itself years later when I transitioned from teaching to explore the realm of healthcare. It was during a visit to my father’s office that I encountered a medical student who had previously been a teacher, much like myself. This serendipitous encounter left an indelible mark on my perspective, igniting a passion for patient education. The joy I find in teaching my patients about their conditions and empowering them with knowledge has become a defining aspect of my medical practice.
My professional journey has been characterized by dedication and growth. I proudly graduated from WesternU in Lebanon, Oregon, in 2019 and went on to complete a rigorous three-year family medicine residency in Blacksburg, Virginia, where I had the privilege of serving as the chief resident during my final year. I now hold board certifications in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, with ongoing pursuits in the fields of Obesity Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. Throughout my training and the relatively short time I’ve been in practice, I’ve witnessed the formidable barrier that insurance presents to optimal patient care. When my father approached me with the idea of converting his practice to Direct Primary Care, it was a decision I made with unwavering conviction. The prospect of dedicating more quality time to my patients, thereby enhancing their overall health and well-being, stands as one of the most fulfilling aspects of my medical career. Beyond my professional endeavors, I cherish the time spent with my family and indulge in an eclectic array of hobbies, including scuba diving, knitting, and fishing. These interests serve as a vital source of balance and inspiration in my life.