For more than three decades, Dr. Kristen Wyrick’s family has trusted The Everett Clinic to take care of all their health needs.
“The Everett Clinic has always taken care of my family,” she said. “My dad has only had three doctors in his 30 years there.”
She has seen firsthand the positive impact the continuous, patient-centered care offed at TEC has had on her own family members. Now, it’s Wyrick who is looking after families, as they progress through life, as a family medicine physician at TEC’s Smokey Point clinic.
“I really value the continuity of care at TEC. You get to know patients and their families,” said Wyrick, who also manages the clinic. “It’s all about building relationships. They are not just a chart or a number in the computer—you feel like you are a part of their family.”
Wyrick, a Washington native, joined TEC in 2018 following a career in the Air Force, where she continues to serve as a reservist. During her time in the military, she was deployed to Afghanistan and served as a family medicine physician at several Air Force bases.
The time spent serving her country and caring for military families helped Wyrick connect with diverse groups of people and focus on patient-centered care. It has also been key to her developing relationships with veterans and their families looking for a physician.
“We have that common bond,” she said. “I’m conscious that every person that comes through my door has a different story and a different background. I’m sensitive to that and their needs.”
Education also plays a big role in Wyrick’s life. She currently spends time teaching at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at Uniformed Services University in Maryland and mentoring third-year medical students at Washington State University.
The mentorship roles allow Wyrick, who went to medical school at the University of Washington, to help mold future generations of health care providers, especially those with an interest in primary care—an area of medicine facing a physician shortage.
“I’m hoping to be a positive influence on our future physicians,” she said. “I value my time with them. Medical students are so eager to learn.”
When it came time for Wyrick to choose where to continue her career, the TEC stood out for its flexible physician schedules, commitment to patient-centered and affordable care, and emphasis on teamwork.
“I really feel like leadership cares at TEC. It’s a big family,” she said. “I plan to be here for a long time to form strong, multi-generational relationships with my patients.”
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