Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 1, 2024

University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington. I then attended an internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital in Florida. I then attended a one-year fellowship in advanced cardiac imaging at the University of Florida. Why did you pick your specialty? During medical school and residency, the cardiovascular system was always the system that made the most sense to me, was intriguing and was enjoyable to study. So when it came time to choose a specialty, the choice was fairly easy. What can patients expect when they first meet with you? When patients first meet me, they can expect a physician who is happy to be there and one who is focused on helping them improve or maintain their quality of life. They can expect their medical issues to be explained in a way they can understand so they can be fully involved in their own medical decisions. What are some of your hobbies? My hobbies currently are participating as much as possible in the interests of my children, from soccer and baseball to dance and art. I also enjoy playing any type of sport or outdoor activity, and I dabble in playing the saxophone and guitar. What drew you to Kootenai Health? Most of my family is here in Idaho, and my wife’s is in eastern Washington, so the area was immediately attractive to us. During the interviewing process with Kootenai Health, everything went so smoothly, from telephone conversations to dinner with the cardiology group. My wife and I felt so welcomed, it didn’t take long for us to decide to join Kootenai Health. What is your favorite healthy tip? Never stop moving. Whether it’s five minutes or an hour a day, make it a habit and build from there. Amy Williams, PA-C Kootenai Clinic Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Tell us a bit about you and your family. I’m a northern Idaho native. I was raised in Kellogg, just like my parents and grandparents. I moved to Coeur d’Alene after finishing graduate school in 2009. Where did you receive your degree? I received my master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Idaho State University. I’ve been practicing in gastroenterology in Spokane since my graduation. Why did you pick your specialty? A childhood friend worked at a gastroenterology clinic and recruited me out of physician assistant school. Immediately, I saw the impact digestive diseases have on quality of life. I enjoy helping patients regain comfort and confidence in their digestion. What can patients expect when they first meet with you? They should expect to be heard. I’ll listen to their concerns and ask A LOT of questions. What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy reading, traveling, hunting and playing volleyball. What drew you to Kootenai Health? All of my medical care, and that of my family, has been through Kootenai with excellent experiences. I’m excited to join the team and help others in my community. What is your favorite healthy tip? Drink water—plain old flat, unflavored water. Kootenai Clinic Appointment Center: Need to nd a physician and schedule an appointment? Call the Appointment Center at (208) 625-6767 or request an appointment online at appointmentcenter.kh.org. KH.ORG 13