I fell in love with West Texas. So I got a map of West Texas out and when I went to South plains I fell in love with West Texas. People were so nice. I pulled up at the bank. I was writing a check for 20 bucks for pizza or something. I was holding my ID. I had only been there three or four times before. The lady was like, “Hey Wendell, how do you like school?” I was holding my ID, and I thought how does she know who I am? I thought This is spooky. Well, it was because it was a small town and they know everyone. I fell in love with that. My dad was a doctor. I did not know what else to do. I thought, well, of course I will be a doctor like my dad. He was a radiologist and he did mostly research and teaching.
But he would moonlight and go out to small towns and read X-rays for them. Sometimes I would go with him and I would get to see these small town doctors. To me that was exciting. My dad would look at X-rays and tell them what was going on. But to me, listening to their stories… “Well I had a lady come in. She was in a car crash and this happened.” Or “She has this problem and I don’t understand it.” And then he’s looking at the bones, and looking at these Xrays trying to help them say “I think this is what it is” and they got along real well. But I was always like “I want to do that” I wanted to be the guy out there solving the problems, not the guy reading the Xrays I always try to use medicine first, or to use time or other healing methods, with surgery being last, that’s if it’s needed Sometimes surgery makes a huge difference and helps out a lot, but you should always try everything else first, don’t just go right for the knife. I think we have a very, very busy practice, and I think a lot of that is because patients know that I care about them. Their safety is first to me and I feel like they are part of my family. I want them and their family to do well Talk to your friends, you should feel comfortable with your doctor, you know, you should feel like you could talk to him. You can ask him questions, you should feel like he’s trying to help you and he’s doing his best to help you And if you don’t feel that way, you should find a doctor that does. Any doctor who is jealous of you finding someone else is not a very good doctor I would think I think that the doctor who is working hard on making his patients better and that they feel and trust him and know he’s honest with them that he’s going to be busy and we are very busy. We are blessed