Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 1, 2024

What are some of your hobbies? I love to bicycle and snowmobile. I have been finishing up our house that we built last year, so finish carpentry and landscaping are my latest hobbies. What drew you to Kootenai Health? I was at Kootenai for 11 years before becoming a nurse practitioner, and I chose to come back because I feel this is the best place to be able to provide the comprehensive and friendly care I want my patients to have. What is your favorite healthy tip? Four hours of cardio exercise per week prevents many problems. Pablo Michel, M.D. Kootenai Heart Clinics Tell us a bit about you and your family. I was born and raised in Santiago, the capital of Chile. I am the youngest of three siblings, and I completed my medical education at the University of Chile. During my last year of medical school, I met a fantastic American woman in Chile and decided to follow her to the United States. She eventually became my wife, and now we have a young son together. After living in Texas and New Jersey to complete my internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship, we finally settled in the Inland Northwest, which is my wife’s homeland. Where did you receive your medical degree? I received my medical degree at the University of Chile, then I completed my internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, followed by a cardiology fellowship at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Why did you pick your specialty? I was initially drawn to cardiology due to the physiology behind cardiovascular hemodynamics, echocardiography, pharmacology and electrocardiography. Then that initial interest evolved into one centered on nurturing longlasting relationships with cardiology patients, who can frequently be the sickest in the hospital. Additionally, I enjoy the specialty scope from the cardiac intensive care unit to the ambulatory clinic, as well as the enriching interaction with my subspecialty colleagues. What can patients expect when they first meet with you? I will always carefully listen to my patients, treat them with respect and offer them the best treatments available within the specialty. For me it is very important that they understand their medical conditions and feel comfortable approaching me with any question or concern. The best outcomes that I have seen in cardiology occur in motivated patients with clinicians who are good at communicating. What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy playing soccer and tennis, swimming, and riding my bike. I am very interested in learning more about different cultures; therefore, language learning and traveling are always on my mind. What drew you to Kootenai Health? I was pleased by the efficient communication and flexibility of the cardiology department from the preinterview phase. Once I met all the cardiologists working at Kootenai, it became clear that there is a good working environment and desire to grow. I believe this hospital is a great setting to grow professionally and personally. What is your favorite healthy tip? Go to sleep early and eat well. Shawn Taylor, D.O. Kootenai Heart Clinics Tell us a bit about you and your family. I grew up in a small town in southwest Idaho and later met my wife in my undergraduate biology class. We have had the privilege of raising five wonderful children throughout school and medical training. My family and I enjoy sports and music. We fell in love with the water while living seven years in Florida and have easily converted to playing in the lakes here in northern Idaho. We are all excited to be back in the wonderful Pacific Northwest. Where did you receive your medical degree? I received my medical degree from Pacific Northwest —Continued from page 11 12