Amanda Ryder is a family doctor at Family Medicine of Yakima with 15 years of experience. Before becoming a doctor, Amanda spent time in South Africa and studied at the University of California San Diego. She loves the entire spectrum of medicine, being a physician and developing relationships with patients through listening to them. In her spare time, Amanda is an active member of her community - volunteering at church and her son's school, in addition to judging the elementary school science fair.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
I was a history major about to graduate from college and I spent a year in South Africa preparing a history thesis. When I got done with my dissertation, I decided I wanted to do something with my hands and my brain instead of just writing something. I had a class in biology and my professor suggested I go to medical school. Nobody had told me that before. I went back and ended up going to medical school. I needed something that involved people, involved helping others, and leaves the world a better place.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I think patients look for honesty. Patients look for a provider who is thorough and gives good preventive care, in addition to treating their chronic medical illnesses. They look for somebody who can spend time with them, be honest about a prognosis, and is willing to go the extra mile to perhaps refill a medication on a Saturday or may be willing to stay late to take their phone call or answer their question.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
The atmosphere at Family Medicine is very congenial. From the moment people walk in the door we try to make them feel welcome and part of our family. We enjoy a bit of a casual atmosphere here. I really enjoy going up to the different floors and interacting with the nurses and patients. It's such a joy to work with people who all have the same ideal in mind which is to provide excellent patient care.
What do you like about Yakima?
There are a lot of advantages to working and living in the Yakima Valley. It's a joy to be able to ride your bike to work on most days. You can still get from one end of town to the other in about ten or fifteen minutes. We have very good schools, and I'm proud to raise my kids in the Yakima Valley. You can't beat 300 days of sunshine a year either.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I volunteer for my son's school. I'm secretary of the PTA of Discovery Lab Elementary. We just finished the science fair and that was a privilege to be able to judge the different science experiments. With my church, I work with the garden and we grow organic vegetables which we then put out on Sunday morning for the congregation. Contributions from the garden fund go to special projects. Sometimes we'll give to an orphanage in Africa or a latrine project in Togo, or we've contributed to homeless clinics as well.