Ever since elementary school, Dr. Brett DeGooyer knew he wanted to be a physician. His desire to help others motivated him to study an osteopathic approach to medicine, which he practices today as a neuro musculoskeletal specialist physician at Lakeview Spine. His commitment to his patients matches his genuine interest in improving the health of the Yakima community. A father of six, Dr. DeGooyer enjoys participating in the numerous outdoor activities Yakima has to offer with his wife and children.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
Ever since I was young, I knew that I wanted to be a physician. I wanted to do something to make people feel better. That gave me a strong sense of awareness. So at a young age I focused my sights on becoming a physician and tried to tailor my path throughout my education to make sure that was going to happen.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
When I was applying to medical schools, I found myself being drawn toward the osteopathic side. One of those draws was the fact that in addition to all the standard education of medicine and traditional treatments that you learn for patient care, you also learn manual techniques and how to use the body's own mechanisms that are built in to facilitate healing without necessarily having to use a lot of medicines or interventions. By the time I was done, I knew that if I was going to participate in patient care, I needed to have that skill set. I chose to do two residencies, a combined residency in family medicine and neuromuscular skeletal medicine so I could be more proficient and more specialized in my approach to patient care.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
The variety. You see all types and sizes in medicine and you hear a lot of different backgrounds. You get to meet people with a lot of different experiences and expertise. It's fascinating to know that you're a part of this community of people and know what their hopes and dreams are, what their education is, and that you have the ability to influence that to a small degree. I get to be a part of something greater than myself and that gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
What do you like about Yakima?
I love the people of Yakima. They are hard working, very dedicated, and service oriented. I've hardly met anyone who wouldn't give the shirt off their back to help their neighbor. This community is very good about rallying around people and supporting what needs to happen for Yakima. Yakima is the fruit basket of Washington-it's a wonderful place for fruit, agriculture, outdoor events, and community involvement.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I spend time with my six children. We love being outdoors, playing games together, watching movies, and going to their sporting events.