David Pommer has been a family physician at Selah Family Medicine since 2011 and has been practicing in Yakima Valley for 10 years. During college, David decided to go into medicine to help others. He views a patient's health as a long term investment and believes that patients are looking for a good communicator and a doctor who is going to be their strongest advocate. David also writes a column for Playdate magazine, where he promotes the importance of healthy lifestyles for kids.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
When I was in college I was studying sciences and really enjoyed it, but I couldn't be in a lab all day. I realized I needed to be interacting with people. I wanted the opportunity to be able to serve other people, have long-term relationships with them and invest in those relationships.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I think patients want a physician that listens to them and is going to be their advocate, whether that's in a clinic, in a hospital setting, or in a crisis. They want someone who can be a good communicator that can translate what they read on the internet and other places into what it means for them personally.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
I enjoy a lot of the teamwork that I have with my nurse and with my colleagues. I enjoy the teamwork that I have with the nursing staff at the hospital and I often get very good feedback from patients about their nursing care. I enjoy the access to other specialists that I have, as I can freely and readily get someone into a specialist that needs to be seen quickly.
What do you like about Yakima?
I grew up in western Washington in Issaquah so I was used to a lot of rain and then went to school in Spokane, Pullman, Seattle and Oklahoma. Yakima seemed like a great place to be close to family and friends and sunshine.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I'm married with three kids. They are three, nine and eleven so it takes a lot of energy to keep up with them. I enjoy swimming and exercise and doing things with my kids. I enjoy playing piano and I also serve and teach in our church.