Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 3, 2022

KH . ORG 13 What are someofyour hobbies? I spend most of my time outside of work with our children. I especially enjoy taking my daughter to her riding lessons, playing baseball and basketball with my boys and taking them skiing. In theory, I enjoy golf, but I only find the time to play a couple of times a year. We’re looking forward to getting the family out on the lake in Coeur d’Alene, and we love traveling with them. What drewyou to Kootenai Health? Our children had gotten old enough that it became important to move where we could spend more time outdoors, being active and enjoying natural beauty. We would have been happy in the mountains or near the ocean. The Kootenai job became available, and I was impressed that the hospital was community-owned. I am excited to direct a department that answers to the patients it serves. What isyour favorite healthy tip? Don’t smoke, and be active. Caleb Netting, M.D. Kootenai Clinic Orthopedics Tell us abit aboutyouandyour family. I’m married with two kids. I grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia. After I moved out East for school, I realized how much I missed the Pacific Northwest. There are more orthopedic surgery opportunities in the U.S. than in Canada, so being dual citizens, we decided to move to the U.S. My first job out of fellowship was in Lewiston. We liked Lewiston, but both my wife and I felt that the Coeur d’Alene area was a slightly better match. Growing up swimming in the Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, I’m particularly partial to a place with access to nice clean lakes. Whydidyoupickyour specialty? I had various reasons for choosing orthopedics. One was that I came from a physics background as an undergraduate, and I appreciated the mechanical thinking involved. The second was that sports has always been a big aspect of my life, so I was interested in the musculoskeletal side of medicine. And lastly, I believe that staying active and moving is the key to health. Ultimately, orthopedics is about keeping people moving. What canpatients expectwhen theyfirst meetwithyou? I try my best to be understanding and nonjudgmental. I try to be optimistic but also realistic. I offer my services when I think it will help, but I am honest when I think they won’t. That’s a fine balance and a goal I try to achieve. What are someofyour hobbies? I like exploring, being active and getting outside—ideally all three at the same time. My favorite day would be a hard hike on a beautiful trail that I’d never done before. What drewyou toKootenai Health? One was the region. It reminded me of where I grew up, and I wanted my wife and kids to be able to experience the same thing that I had as a kid. The second was the fact that I would be working for a nonprofit community hospital. I like being in a salaried position, where I can make decisions based on the best interest of my patients and not worry about the financial implications. What isyour favoritehealthy tip? Active commuting: If every day you walk, bike or run to work, then at least you’re getting some exercise. That’s infinitely better than no exercise. Schedule an appointment: Call (208) 625-6111 for the Coeur d’Alene clinic or (208) 625-6700 for Post Falls.