Member of the Week: Dr. D. Wain Allen

Practice: I have reduced my practice to 2.5 days per week in the clinic, I as well work with hospice on other days. We have a full service Family Practice with clinics in Coalville and Kamas. Out practices provide training to a regular rotation of students-PA, Med School, Residents and NP students. The students enjoy the breadth of experience they get in our clinics. I have been providing Buprenorphine treatment for opiate addiction for about 15 years, and find it a very satisfying, if challenging part of practice.

Residency: I completed a Family Practice Residency at Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Fellowships or additional training: I am Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

A bit about Dr. Allen: I grew up in rural Montana. I am the oldest of 9 children. Stacked hay, chased cows, got a lot of responsibility early. I drove the pickup to feed cows at an early age. Our town policeman pulled me out of second grade to tell me he didn’t want to see me driving any more… I went to University of Utah undergraduate. George Washington University for Medical school on an Army scholarship. I visited a few interesting places in the Military-German Forest-Egyptioan Desert-our family had 4 years at Fort Bragg, NC. My wife Becky and I are the parents of 4 children and now 5 grand-daughters. I volunteered to be a Physician for the Nordic Combined Ski team-we traveled a lot through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Norway. Most enjoyable sidelight.

What keeps you passionate about family medicine? Life in a small town, where your patients are your friends and neighbors makes family medicine a cut above. Providing quality care to people who appreciate it keeps me passionate.

What do you wish you’d known when you graduated from medical school? I graduated with no debt, as a consequence of applying for a Military (HPSP) scholarship. I wish I had known what a benefit it would be to have no debt after finishing school, and not had so many doubts about my choice.

Where will we find you on your day off? On an ocean cruise, hiking the hills behind my house with grand-daughters, traveling, visiting the family cabin in Montana.

What are you…
reading right now: GRANT by Ron Chernow, The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
watching right now: Nero Wolfe series with Timothy Hutton on YouTube
listening to right now: John Prine and Leonard Cohen