Ryan Moultray is a family practice doctor, specializing in a wide range of medicine, including internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, and dermatology. He's an osteopathic physician who sees the importance of treating the whole person - body, mind and spirit. His philosophy in working with patients is to act as their guide. Ryan offers information about health, but wants patients to know they are part of the decision making process. Having grown up in Yakima, Ryan loves the pace of a smaller town and the outdoor activities he gets to experience in Yakima with his wife and three kids.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
It was an evolving process while I was in college. I kind of came to a crossroad of having to pick a career and it was either a career of solitude or a career of spending time serving people. When I came to that crossroad, I realized that I really wanted to do something that was a service to people, challenging and a lifelong learning process.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
My philosophy in working with patients is that I feel like I'm just their guide. I want to give them information about their health and give them many options about how to take care of it. I don't want them to feel like I'm twisting their arm to do anything because they are part of this decision making process. I also think that helps people respond better, they are more invested in their care and more likely to comply with it and be excited about doing the things that I recommend. I always try to give my patients several different options. I also try to focus on preventive medicine and if you get away from my office and I haven't been hounding you about exercise and eating right and watching your weight, then I haven't done my job.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
I really appreciate working at Selah Family Medicine because I enjoy the culture that we've built. It's relaxed. Everybody's on the same page as far as how we approach patients. Everyone's trying hard to serve people and we bend over backwards to do whatever it takes to make them healthy. I really trust my partners and I would trust them with my own children and with my own life. I have a lot of confidence in their abilities and it makes me want to push myself to be as strong of a partner as they are. We have a lot of fun there as well. There's always something going on that makes you laugh.
What do you like about Yakima?
One of the reasons I enjoy practicing in Yakima is it's where I grew up. I grew up here in West Valley and now I live in Selah, which is a small suburb of Yakima. I lived in Seattle for my undergraduate degree and then I moved to Chicago and went to medical school. I enjoyed living in the big city, but ultimately I really enjoy the pace of life here in Yakima. I enjoy being able to drive to my office in four minutes. I enjoy the small town feel and bumping into patients and people I know at the baseball park or the grocery store. There are a lot of great opportunities here in Yakima. It's close to Seattle, it's close to Portland, and it's close to Spokane. I enjoy the weather here too. Yakima has four very distinct seasons. There's winter with snow, there's a beautiful fall, summer is nice and hot, and spring is spring. There is just a lot of beautiful terrain here and we're close to the mountains, but not too far from the ocean.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
Some of the things I like to do outside of the clinic are focused around the outdoors. Yakima's a great place for accessing a lot of outdoor opportunities. I enjoy backpacking, hiking, hunting, and fishing. My wife and I like to travel. I have three kids and just enjoy spending time with them, playing Legos, playing the Wii with my middle son. We go on hiking trips to Cowiche Canyon and we go skiing. I enjoy watching Husky football. I don't know if I should talk about Husky versus Cougars though.