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Choosing a doctor is a very personal decision, and finding someone you trust and connect with is one of the most important steps you’ll take in your healthcare journey.

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When Hannah Ritter was a first-time mom, she picked the person she felt would be the best fit to care for her through her pregnancy.
“Dr. Turner and I meshed well, so I went out of my way to schedule my prenatal care with her. I’ve been her patient ever since.” Photo courtesy: Providence

Rochester community member Hannah Ritter can attest to that. The 30-year-old, first-time mom says she didn’t set out to choose a resident physician. She just picked the person she felt would be the best fit to care for her through her pregnancy.

“I saw a few doctors at the start,” Hannah says. “Dr. Turner and I meshed well, so I went out of my way to schedule my prenatal care with her. I’ve been her patient ever since.”

State-of-the-art care at Providence Chehalis Family Medicine

Chayle Turner, MD, is completing her family medicine residency at the Providence Chehalis Family Medicine clinic. Residents are medical school graduates who are continuing their education and medical training in a specialized field and practice under the supervision of fully credentialed attending physicians.

Choosing a resident as your health care provider can offer several benefits, potentially including:

  • More one-on-one time during visits
  • State-of-the-art care (clinicians preparing to pass their board exams need to stay apprised of the latest health information)
  • An “extra pair of eyes” – with the additional oversight from your resident’s attending physician

This clinic’s residents work under the auspices of the Chehalis Rural Training Program, which was started in 2014 as an expansion of the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program to improve access to rural areas and help train physicians to practice in rural settings. (Read more.)

Full-circle family medicine in Chehalis

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Chayle Turner, M.D. Photo courtesy: Providence

Hannah first connected with Dr. Turner through a referral from a friend (whose baby Dr. Turner also delivered). Dr. Turner now provides medical care for both Hannah and her baby daughter Rylin – family medicine, full circle – and Hannah says she’d recommend to anyone looking for a family doctor they consider a resident.

“Being able to care for families – including providing prenatal care, delivering babies, and then caring for the baby and mom after the birth – this kind of full-spectrum care is exactly what drew me to family medicine,” Dr. Turner says. “Developing meaningful relationships with my patients is so important to me ­and I’m very pleased to be working in a healthcare setting where that is possible and encouraged.”

“You wouldn’t really know that Dr. Turner is a resident,” Hannah says. “She had all the skills and knowledge – and a very attentive, personal style.”

“Dr. Turner always took time with me. I never felt rushed. She listened to what I had to say and made me feel comfortable – never judged. And even though it’s typical for the doctor not to be with you at labor until the baby comes, Dr. Turner was there the entire time. It was a great experience.”

What’s a resident?

Providence Chehalis Family Medicine
Chayle Turner, MD, is completing her family medicine residency at the Providence Chehalis Family Medicine clinic. Residents are medical school graduates who are continuing their education and medical training in a specialized field and practice under the supervision of fully credentialed attending physicians. Photo courtesy: Providence

A medical resident is a physician who graduated from medical school, earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree, and specializes in family medicine. Residents work at clinics or hospitals to continue their education and medical training in their specialized fields. This part of their training is their “residency.”

In order to offer a medical residency program, facilities must meet and maintain strict qualifications. Attending and resident physicians are dedicated to continually advancing their medical knowledge and expertise.

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931 South Market Boulevard
Chehalis
360.767.6300

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