In Practice: “He put me back together many times”

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Kristin LeGrand, D.O.
Primary care physician, Providence Medical Group-Camas

Past lives
Medical degree, Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine; internship and residency, Family Medicine of Southwest Washington; former gymnast who helped lead the Alabama Crimson Tide Gymnastics team to a national championship in 2002.

How did gymnastics lead you to medicine?
My team physician in club gymnastics, Dr. Larry Nassar, was head physician for USA Gymnastics and really paved the way. He put me back together many times in the middle of big competitions, which allowed me to compete at a high level and reach my goals as a gymnast. He continued to follow me throughout my collegiate career and allowed me to see how medicine could change lives.

Why did you pursue osteopathic medicine?
Dr. Nassar is an osteopathic physician. I saw how he could use manual medicine to improve structure and function and also have an impact on the emotional component of well-being without having to use surgery or medication.

What drew you from Michigan to the Northwest?
My husband and I both love running and the outdoors. We came out after I did a rotation at the residency program and I just knew that this is where we wanted to live. We have enjoyed raising our two sons here.

Why do you volunteer at free clinics?
I think it is important to give back to the community you live in. I hope that by giving some of my time back I can improve the health and well-being of the community.

Who are your role models?
Dr. Nassar and my father, who is a large-animal veterinarian. Both of them love their jobs and have a true passion for what they do. They put 110 percent into their work every day and showed me the importance of loving what you do and working hard.