Member of the Week: Dr. Gabriela Walsman

Practice: I am a solo practitioner working at Grateful MD Direct Primary Care (DPC) this model allows me to provide more time and effort on caring for my patients because we use a simplified method of payment for services. Grateful DPC is located in Taylorsville Utah, and provide preventive, acute and chronic medical care services to the community in the Salt Lake County area.

Residency: McAllen Family Residency Program in Texas

Have you completed any additional fellowships or training? Authorize Civil Surgeon for USCIS (Immigration physicals) Certification from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. (DOT physicals)

A bit about Dr. Walsman: I grew up in Quito, Ecuador, where I witnessed my father caring for patients in his home office. I also followed him while he made rounds in the hospital. My dad has been my mentor since I was a child. I studied Medical School at the Central University in Quito, Ecuador. I am a wife and a mother of two young boys. We love traveling and enjoy participating in community events. We are very active members in the LDS church. One of my hobbies is dancing in an Ecuadorian folkloric group whose name is HAKAN. I enjoy sharing my culture to my friends and family, especially my children who are part of the group of dancers too. I have lived in Washington DC, Texas, and now live in Utah. In all these places, I had the opportunity to work with the Latino community. I have particular experienced working in Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine and outpatient settings for the last 7 years.

What keeps you passionate about family medicine? The connections that I establish with my patients are what keeps me going. I know that I am here to help people with their suffering, and I am honored to spend my career doing just that. If I had to pick one thing that motivates me in this career, I help people feel better about themselves and live healthier lives. I have to say that there’s no greater feeling than when my patient shows up for a follow-up visit and says, “I am so happy to see your face, thank you for your help.” It’s such a rewarding experience and something that I will never get used to hearing. It’s my goal that every patient I see and treat comes back saying the same thing.

What do you wish you’d known when graduating from med school? Leadership and also finance classes.

Where will we find you on your day off? Every Friday I have dance practice with the HAKAN group. I spent time at the gym doing Zumba and weight lifting exercises.

What are you…
watching right now: World Customer Economic-Science course series
reading right now: Enfocate en Resultados “Carlos Cuauhtémoc Sanchez”, The Bible Old Testament.
listening to right now: Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.