From a very young age, Silvia Labes had a desire to care for others. As an internist at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine for nearly 10 years, she believes deeply in preventive care and focuses on keeping patients healthy while educating and empowering them. Silvia is an avid runner, loves the outdoors and is a devoted mother who wants to be remembered for helping others live better, healthier and happier lives.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
Since I was a little girl playing with dolls, I would always pretend that they were sick and I was taking care of them, so I guess I always had that in me - to take care of people who are not well and try to alleviate their suffering.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I deeply believe in preventive care, focusing on staying healthy, educating and empowering patients to take charge of their health. When they get sick, I treat them like my own family, giving them the best advice, balancing the pros and cons of all the treatments that are available.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
My partners and staff have always been supportive. I have been with my Cornerstone Medical Group family for nearly 10 years and they've supported me through happy moments, like having my second baby, but also challenging times like fighting breast cancer. They were behind me all the way, helping, cheering and encouraging.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I love physical activity - running--I ran my first ½ marathon last November in Seattle-- tennis--I am an active member of the Yakima Tennis Club, skiing, hiking, biking and really any outdoor activity. I love being surrounded by nature. I treasure my time with my family and I love following my kids Emma and Alex at their school and with their activities. I like to cook and try new recipes and most of the time the results are great, but don't ask my family about that, you might get a different answer.
When you retire, what would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to know that I made a difference in people's lives by helping them live better, healthier and happier lives. I also hope to have made a difference by alleviating pain and helping patients cross difficult moments in life, and in the end help them pass with dignity and peace. I am not a hero and I do not want to be one. I would like to know that when my name comes up people smile and feel well.