Robert Hadley – Greg Davis, a physician assistant and manager of the Mountain View Health Clinic, has treated a broad range of illnesses during his 25 years with the Kern Valley Health District.
“We’re a family practice,” he said, describing the clinic.
“We take care of newborns all the way up to 100-plus year olds. We take care of all chronic diseases, acute illness, even minor traumas.”
Many of the patients use the clinic as their primary care physician, but when a specialist is needed, technology bridges the gap.
“We try to augment our services by doing some telehealth visits,” he explained. “So we have an endocrinologist, a neurologist, psychiatrist and psychologists that provide services through our clinic.”
Telehealth is also available when a patient needs non-specialist care but for various reasons can’t travel to the clinic.
Davis is one of four full-time physician assistants who staff the clinic under the supervision of a medical director, Samantha Monger. Together, they see some 18,000 patients per year.
Although he began in the health care field as a paramedic more than three decades ago, Davis desired to expand his career by becoming a physician assistant. Over the years, he worked with numerous physicians, nurse practitioners and other physician assistants, honing his patient care and diagnostic skills.
“We’re always doing as many screening tests as we can,” he said. “Some patients have no symptoms, while others present with specific complaints that help us diagnose them.”
In his spare time, Davis engages in woodworking as a primary hobby, such as turning wooden bowls and crafting a chessboard out of exotic woods. Hickory and walnut are among his favorites.
His woodworking and paramedic background may have helped developed what he calls essential job skills.
“Patience and understanding are the biggest things,” he said. “Sometimes patients have a hard time articulating what’s wrong with them, and so over the years, you just learn how to how to talk with the patient, how to understand what they’re trying to tell you. It’s been very rewarding.”