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David Cain

River Valley Family Health Center welcomes an enthusiastic new provider and outdoorsman to its rapidly growing family of eight practitioners serving Montrose, Olathe, Delta and the surrounding communities. David Cain, a nationally certified physician assistant, will begin seeing patients for primary care in early May at the Olathe Community Clinic, 308 Main Street, Olathe, said Debby Harrison-Zarkis, COO of River Valley.

Cain joins River Valley after leaving a Boise hospital practice where he focused on wound care, treating both inpatients and outpatients. Prior to that, he spent time in urgent care in Burley, Idaho. "So, he brings a great deal of experience in chronic and urgent care to River Valley," Harrison-Zarkis said.

Raised in Denver, Cain received his bachelor of science degree from Portland State University at Portland, Ore., and then earned his master of science, physician assistant degree from Idaho State University at Meridian, Idaho.

However, his love of the medical profession took a circuitous route to practicing it. For years, he had a career in software engineering. On his breaks, he would read medical journals. When asked what made him want to be a PA, he said he wanted "something with a little more soul." He wanted to spend the rest of his days "doing something that he could be more proud of." He realized later that he should have chosen medicine all along. He "enjoys it, enjoys doing good and being good at it," he said. Plus, he likes how medicine is practiced, practice being the key word. He learns something new every day and intends to keep doing so.

One experience that changed his life was a rotation in southern Belize when he was an intern. There, the clinic would load up trucks and travel for two days each week to bring health care to people who could not make it to the clinic. He said it changed the way he looks at medicine and the way he looks at life. Medicine, he said, is a "great, satisfying field." His passion for it is palpable.

In an interview, Cain thoughtfully defined himself by his love of medicine and his love of the outdoors.

Growing up in Colorado, he is drawn to the "Coloradoesque environment" so moving back is an exciting "homecoming" of sorts, he said. He thinks that southwest Colorado will offer him just what he desires: the opportunity to practice medicine as well as access to outdoor activities, cultural resources and a "small town feel" to his new home. And after a cold and cloudy winter in Idaho, he is looking forward to the Colorado sunshine and warmer temperatures, he declared.

His hobbies of mountain biking, backcountry skiing, fly fishing and whitewater rafting fit nicely with his extended education. He holds certifications as a wilderness EMT, in avalanche safety and hyperbaric medicine. In addition, he, like other River Valley practitioners, is a certified medical examiner for the Department of Transportation and will give CDL (commercial driver's license) physicals.

River Valley is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) which serve areas that have limited access to affordable medical care. RVFHC also partners with the Center for Mental Health to provide mental and behavioral health services. With two locations, one at 100 Tessitore Court, Montrose, and 308 Main Street, Olathe, River Valley accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+ and CICP as well as most insurances and private pay individuals. Its mission is to provide access to quality, integrated health care in a comprehensive and culturally respectful manner to individuals and families. New patients are welcome.

Appointments at River Valley can be made at (970) 323-6141. For more information, please see the website www. rivervalleyfhc.com.

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