Opinion: Saying thanks, not goodbye, to Dr. Emily Smith
How do you say goodbye? As humans, we seem to sense that we are going to be missing something when we turn to leave that person, be it at the airport, after a cup of coffee or after a long time working together.
That being said, we think it is easier to say “Thank you” rather than goodbye. We want to share our thanks to a very special employer. For all of us, she started out as being one of the best doctors in the area and we put our families under her excellent and skilled care.
She was the best diagnostician we have ever seen and we were also impressed at her compassion and her professionalism. Then one by one, we each joined her in the practice as employees and shared her journey of caring for the community.
She didn’t just diagnose the common ailments, but she diagnosed the really tough cases. One of our husband’s developed pancreatic cancer and she was there through the long painful journey, as doctor and friend.
We have shared raising children in all the Incline Village schools, culminating with all the drama of high school and college selections. Together we shared the loss of parents and the grieving that rocked all of our worlds. Empty nests were rearranged and new growth as parents was achieved.
As a practice, we have all given a strong effort to have the kind of business and practice that was family medicine with a family feel. Our patients would come to us to share laughter and sorrow and we will cherish those relationships.
Our doctor would serve the community in many ways. She did free sports physicals for the Incline High School athletes and perform free physicals for students venturing to international exchange programs for those who could not afford an office visit.
Each year she sponsored local youth sports teams and the Incline Elementary School Jog-A-Thon. She would be active in the PTA and Booster clubs, volunteering precious time to ensure projects were successful and students were mentored.
She was on the founding board of the Incline Academy in 1997 which would evolve into today’s Lake Tahoe School. Charity and giving were always at her center and she gave this community 20 years of her heart, time and talents.
Dr. Emily Smith will be closing her Incline practice April 1, 2016, and her patients are invited to join her at her new office in association with Renown Medical Center in South Reno. Dr. Smith and her family will continue to live in Incline Village, where she will remain involved in the community.
So, from a grateful staff, we would like to thank Dr. Smith for all you have done to make this community a great place to live and work and thank you for being a terrific employer, doctor and friend.
With Thanks, The Staff of North Tahoe Family Care.
Malanie Musick submitted this guest column on behalf of herself and the entire staff at North Tahoe Family Care.
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