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DID YOU KNOW?

An Interview with Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation’s Medical Staff

Bill Orman is a Pediatrician assisting numerous departments throughout Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.

Tell us about yourself and your family.
I’m originally from Virginia. I’ve been in Tuba City for 24 years, come this July. My wife, Teresa and I have been married for 35 years. She is a retired Spanish language teacher for the high school here, Tuba City High School. We have two children, Adriana and Billy - they both went to school here in Tuba and both graduated from Tuba City High School.  Adriana then attended Arizona State University and came back and worked as a teacher at Tuba City Primary. She will soon be headed to Rock Point to work as an administrator and is also  enrolled in law school in ST. Paul, Minnesota. Billy was a cross country runner for the high school and attended Harvard University and studied Visual and Environmental Studies and History. As of now, he’s a Teaching Assistant to one of his professors there. He continued running in college but was plagued with injuries.  He now runs for pleasure but no longer competes.

Bill Orman

What was your education?
I went to the University of New Mexico and got my bachelor’s in history and political science. I then returned to Virginia and later enrolled in the University of Virginia’s law school but after two years, I changed my mind and enrolled in medical school at U.Va. After that, I did my pediatric residency training at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. While a resident at Hopkins, I was able to come to Tuba City for a month and work with the pediatricians and patients here.  It was that experience that led me to return to Tuba City after I finished my training.  I have been here ever since.

What are you hobbies?                                                        
I love hiking locally. In my opinion, the scenery around is here is world class and just beautiful. I’m really into photography and love taking landscape photos on my hikes to share with family and friends and to occasionally give as gifts. I enjoy taking our medical students and residents and staff out with me after work and on weekends to show them some of the beautiful places in this area. I’m also a runner and ran the Boston Marathon twice. Lately, I have not been too good about running consistently and need to get back into it.  Tuba City has a great running tradition and community, and is a wonderful place to run.

What is about Tuba City that has kept you serving the community?
When I came as a resident, I really liked the community – both the patients in clinic, their families and the staff here. Dr. Hu, Dr. Moul and Dr. Holve were all on staff when I arrived, and Dr. Oski was also here as a pediatric resident. I have really enjoyed my pediatric practice here and the longer I’ve been here, I feel people have come to know me and trust me with their children’s medical care. This is a good feeling. I like my colleagues and enjoy working with them. We have a department where we support each other, rely on one another’s expertise, and also enjoy doing things together outside of work. I also like the diversity of my practice here – seeing patients in clinic, covering the wards and labor and delivery, and consulting in the ER.  I also enjoy teaching young residents and medical students in clinic – they are our next generation of physicians and I enjoy passing on my experiences and clinical tips that I have learned over the years.

Where would you go if you had a time machine?
I love geology and history, so I think I would enjoy going back in time and seeing the dinosaurs that made the tracks on highway 160 by Moenave.  It must have been a very different world back them, tropical and moist, not a dry sandy desert.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
If I could have a superpower, I think I would want it to be a healing power.  To be able to rid my patients of their sufferings and illnesses.

What is your favorite quote?
“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” - Tao Te Ching (ancient Chinese philosophy)

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Give to my family, donate to charities that support public radio and the environment, and the Navajo Hopi Health Foundation.

What do you think is the most important invention in history?
One of the most important inventions is modern medicine—antibiotics, vaccines, etc. Many lives have benefited from these.

What song describes your work ethic?
I don’t have a specific song that would do that, but I really enjoy Bluegrass music. I like that it’s got a sense of tradition, it’s local, and its message is often simple.  And it has great harmony.

Have you stolen a pen from work?
No, I don’t think so, but if it ended up at home, it wasn’t on purpose… I’m pretty sure I’ve left more of my own at work than the other way around.

If there was a biographical film about you, who would you cast to play you?
Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks playing Forrest Gump as me.

Are you a cat or dog person?
I have both at home and love them both. They are totally different.

Joseph Magee has been employed by Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (formally Tuba City Indian Medical Center) since starting out as one of the Internists when there were just about 26 docs working here.

Tell us about yourself and your family.
I grew up outside of Buffalo, New York, and when I was 12, I moved to New Jersey. I met my wife, Katie, in medical school in Rochester, NY, and we were married just before starting as residencies at UC Davis in California.  We have three children, Meghan, Tara, and Alex – all born and raised in Tuba City.  After college Meghan worked here at the hospital on the Alert EMR project, and she is now getting her MBA in Salem, Oregon. Tara went to Sonoma State University and works with one of the hotels in that area. Alex went to Boston College, spent a year in Jordan and is in medical school in Wisconsin.  

Magee

Tell us about your education.
I attended Boston College, went to medical school in Rochester, NY and did my residency in Internal Medicine at Sacramento, UC Davis. I am also certified in Geriatrics and Echocardiography.

What are your hobbies?
I love hiking, fishing, music—I play a few instruments like the saxophone and got into the harmonica a few years ago.  More recently I am learning to sail.  I don’t like reading - I don’t know how I was able to be a doctor, but I love learning.

How long have you been working here?
I’ve been on the Navajo reservation for 31 years and 28 years in Tuba City.

What is it about Tuba City that has kept you serving the community?
As a kid, the idea of the West fascinated me. After college, my brother and I went on a cross country trip and we visited Navajo National Monument where we hiked Keet Seel. That was the first time in my life I slept out under the stars without a tent and thought this place would be great to come back to after I finished medical school.  When Katie and I did medical student rotations in Kayenta, we both felt that this area was the place for us. The people in the community were kind, good, and fun to work with.  We also like the simple life here - like being able to walk to work.  And we work with great colleagues.  That helps.

Where would you go if you had a time machine?
A hundred years into the future.

What superpower would you have?
The power to heal, and of course to fly.  Can’t I have more than one?

What is your favorite quote?
“There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go - if he doesn’t mind who gets credit.”   - Ronald Reagan

Another is “Freedom can be a tough thing.”

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would pay for a local newspaper or a blog that would provide the Tuba City area with real investigative reporting, which would hold people and organizations accountable to the community we serve.

What do you think is the most important invention made?
The printing press, because I love learning.

What song best describes your work ethic?
I don’t know, but anyone who works with me knows that it’s not “Whistle while you work.”

Have you ever stolen a pen?
Yes, hundreds!

If there was a biographical film about you, who would you cast to play you?
J.K. Simmons, the tall bald guy who played Juno’s dad.  He often plays a gruff but nice guy.

Are you a cat or a dog person?
Dog person, I hate cats.

Carol Burgess is the Supervisory Clinical Nurse of the Pediatric Care Unit. The Navajo Hopi Health Foundation sat down with Carol and asked a little about herself…

Tell us about yourself and your family.

I’m originally from Wausau, Wisconsin and worked as a school board member and school bus driver. After my Oldest daughter moved on to high school, I felt sad about the transition and a friend said to me, “Maybe God wants you to have a new path?” and I immediately thought, “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse”, I was in my 40s.

My husband’s name is Karl and he is Potter and we have five children and seven grandchildren; Christina is a music teacher and has a son named Edward; Pamela is an Army Surgeon; Laura is an artist and has four daughters, MJ, Charlie, Adeline, and one on the way; Korrin is a teacher assistant and a sign language interpreter and has two sons, Payton and Christopher; James is a Computer Programmer and his son’s name is Calvin. I’m very proud of them; they are the joy and blessing of my life. 

Carol Burgess

Tell us about your education.

I received my associates in nursing from North Central Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1999. In 2007, I received my bachelor’s online from the University of Phoenix. I am currently getting my Master’s in Management and Organizational Leadership from Grantham University.

What are your hobbies?

I love reading; my husband and I enjoy watching National Geographic; family time with all my children and grandchildren back in Wisconsin; fishing (when I’m back in Wisconsin); I love to travel, going on road trips and especially to the ocean, I’ve been to the Pacific, Mediterranean, and the Atlantic and many of the lakes in Wisconsin; I love empowering people so I like to teach and preach at Tuba City’s First Presbyterian Church.

How long have you been working here?

I started out as a travel nurse and was relocated here in 2008. I had just gotten off the night shift in Washington State and got a call from Raul Rubio who was here in Tuba City covering PEDS and ACU. He asked me if I wanted a job in Arizona, half asleep I accepted it and so my husband and I loaded up our minivan and set out to Tuba. We stayed at Quality Inn in a rented RV in the back of the parking lot and have been here ever since.

For my first two years, I was just a temporary nurse and in 2010 I became a direct hire working as the House Supervisor. In 2014, I acted as the Acting Supervisory Clinical Nurse and trained to take over the PEDS unit. As of 2015, I’ve been the Supervisory Clinical Nurse on this 10 bed unit with 19 staff members. We’re not solely just for little inpatients but we take in a variety of ages to care for. I’ve been a nurse for 17 years and love what I do.

What is it about Tuba City that has kept you here serving the community?

As a travel nurse you don’t make many connections with the short amount of time you are stationed. When we arrive in Tuba, the people were very welcoming and embraced us and we immediately felt a part of a family. I love the Native people and their culture and those that are on my staff. I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication they put into achieving good quality in their jobs. I feel I am purposely here to create and make a difference in uplifting the lives of the Native population to inspire them to better themselves. My mission to live by is, “leave a legacy of nursing excellence that others aspire to excel beyond”.

Where would you go if you had a time machine?

Maybe a 100 years into to the future to see that my grandchildren and great grandchildren are mature, godly men and women. I want to see my legacy has meant something.

What superpower would you have? 

I would have super stamina and strength…the 6 million dollar woman.

What is your favorite quote?

Charles Swindoll on attitude: "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our Attitudes."

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Pay my little bit of debt. Give to those who truly need, travel with my family.

What do you think is the most important invention in history?

For myself, I love programs like Skype, FaceTime and Marco Polo.  Though I am far from my family I can see their faces and communicate with them in real time.  I love this.

What Song best describes your work ethic?

“Her Father’s Eyes” by Amy Grant.

Have you ever stolen a pen from work?

No, Not intentionally. I love Gel pens. I have given many away here and lost many here.  

If there was a life movie about you, what actor would cast to play you?

Chonda Pierce.  She has such a sense of humor.

Are you a cat or dog person?

I am a dog person but not adverse to cats, except I am sensitive to cat dander. 

Holly Van Dyk is Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

Tell us about yourself and your family.

I’m Holly Aubry Van Dyk. I have two children, a 21-year-old son (Quintin) and an 18-year-old daughter (Eliza). I am a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist. I’ve been with Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation for 23 years, back to when it was with Indian Health Service. I was Chief of Obstetrics and gynecology for 12 years and have now been Deputy Chief Medical Officer for 11 years. I was the medical director for Sacred Peaks clinic for six years as well as the medical director for Lechee Clinic. I was a part of the development and design process for both clinics.

Holly Van Dyk Stroking on a Boat with Family and Stroking an Animal

Tell us about your education.

I’m from Texas and attended medical school in Houston. I completed my residency in Seattle, Washington. I was in private practice for three years.

What are your hobbies?

Physical activity—running, skiing, biking, swimming and stand up paddle boarding. I enjoy traveling and have been to many countries. I love to read, cook, knit, watch birds and wildlife and almost anything outdoors.

What is it about Tuba City that has kept you serving the community?

Since before medical school, I’ve wanted to serve an underserved population. After completing my residency, I went as a healthcare volunteer to Vietnam and Laos before they were open to tourism. I lived in Southeast Asia for a year. Healthcare that existed in such places was very primitive. Returning, I thought it would be interesting to work with Native American communities. The mission and culture both appealed to me and I wanted to help and make a difference.

Where would you go if you had a time machine?

If I had a time machine, I would visit the civilizations that inhabited South America and Central America. The opportunity to see the Aztecs, Inca, and the Mayan societies would be fascinating.

What superpower would you have?

Fly, for sure.

What is your favorite quote?

It’s by a Buddist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, “No mud, No lotus.”

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Travel and give to charities that work to help underserved populations.

What do you think is the most important invention in history?

The wheel, probably, because it’s made the advancement of civilizations possible.

What song best describes your work ethic?

Carol King’s “Beautiful”

“You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face,
And show the world all the love in your heart,
Then people gonna treat you better,
You’re gonna find, yes you will,
That you’re beautiful as you feel”

Have you ever stolen a pen from work?

Not on purpose, only on accident. Government pens are not very exciting.

If there was a biographical film about you, who would you cast to play you?

I would like someone athletic…maybe someone like Cameron Diaz? If I could choose a man, probably Brad Pitt or Daniel Day-Lewis.

Are you a cat or dog person?

Both.