Dr. Patrick Yeakey says his most important roles as a medical provider are to listen, facilitate and collaborate. “My patients are their own managers,” he says. “They are inviting me to join their team, not dictate what they need to do. I love helping people help themselves. Watching them go through life processes, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, is just amazing. Being asked to have input is an honor and privilege.”
Creative solutions and an emphasis on the whole person are both a strong focus for Dr. Yeakey. “I have traditional training as a family practitioner,” he says, “and I also have done studies in complementary methods, including herbology, essential oils and most of all, nutrition. I like to work with patients who prefer natural or holistic care.”
Dr. Yeakey earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, and a fellowship at Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional sciences.
Born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Yeakey grew up on the water and continues to be a “water baby.” He loves to hike and spend time outdoors. He volunteers as the medical director for Jackson County Search and Rescue and Crater Lake National Park.
Medical school: Vanderbilt Medical School, Nashville, Tenn.; Residency: Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.