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Valuable lessons in grandparenting

Dr. Paul

These last few weeks I’ve had a big dose of grandparenting. My youngest daughter, on the East Coast, had a child-care emergency. My wife and I were able to pitch in and take care of her daughter, Orly, who is a delightful 2 years old. Read more about Valuable lessons in grandparenting

Making family vacations more enjoyable

Dr. Paul

We are the in middle of family vacation season. Kids and parents look forward to their holiday travels—to the San Juan Islands, the Cascades, the coast, Eastern Washington, or visiting family in distant states.

Some families have yearly vacation spots. When our kids were growing up, we went to the same town on Cape Cod in Massachusetts every year. We all anticipated our two weeks at the ocean with excitement. And when we arrived, our daughters wanted to do everything they did “last year.” Read more about Making family vacations more enjoyable

Spotlight: Katherine Hurd, MD

July 12, 2019


As a child, Dr. Katherine Hurd knew medicine was her calling after watching a slideshow from her aunt’s mission trip to Uganda. Each picture showed her a beautiful world in need and she felt the pull to respond.

“From that moment on, I was drawn to medicine and medical missions,” she said.

Years later, after completing medical school at the University of Washington, Hurd took a job with a non-profit in Uganda conducting malaria research. Her childhood dream became reality. Read more about Spotlight: Katherine Hurd, MD

TEC Physician takes on K2, hopes to climb into history

July 12, 2019


Dr. Rick Thurmer is on the verge of history. The only thing standing in his way is K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, also called Savage Mountain for its degree of difficulty to summit.

Reaching the top of K2 will mean Thurmer, a Walk-In Clinic physician and experienced mountaineer, will become only the third known person in history to climb the highest and second-highest mountains on all seven continents. Read more about TEC Physician takes on K2, hopes to climb into history

Nurturing your love to build a strong relationship

Dr. Paul

I attended a beautiful wedding July 4th weekend. The couple, in their early 30s, wondered in their late 20s—would they ever find love? Leslie, the bride, had attended tens of weddings of her large friendship circle. Now, it was her turn to walk down the aisle.

As in many modern weddings, the couple shared with their community their deep sense of love and respect for each other by writing their own vows and sharing their love story. It was touching. Most of us older folks had tears in our eyes. Read more about Nurturing your love to build a strong relationship

Making it through the difficult teenage years

Dr. Paul

I ran into one of my colleagues in the hallway and asked him how he and his family were doing. “Everything’s great,” he replied. “Except now I have a teenager.” I knew immediately what he meant.

When my daughters became teens, everything in our family changed. They didn't want to go on family vacations. They could barely greet me when I came home from work. When we did all go somewhere they were snarky and sarcastic. They came home after school, went to their room, shut their door, and came out only for meals. They stopped talking to us. Read more about Making it through the difficult teenage years


Setting boundaries for summertime

Dr. Paul

Finally, after making up for this winter’s snow days, school is out and summer is on.

Graduations from kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, high school, and college are over. No more homework, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks, and no more early morning hustle to get everyone to school. Parents get a break from chauffeuring their kids from activity to activity. Everyone can kick back. It’s time to settle into the summer routine. Read more about Setting boundaries for summertime

Optum Transaction Update

June 19, 2019

As of June 19, 2019, The Everett Clinic has combined with Optum and is now part of its OptumCare division. Optum, an information and health-services provider, is part of UnitedHealth Group.

This combination brings together two leading medical groups deeply committed to delivering compassionate, affordable, coordinated, high-quality care with a great patient experience.

We know you may have questions about this change and we hope that we can provide some clarity. Read more about Optum Transaction Update


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