Go beyond the white coat and get to know Marguerite Summers, MD, an internal medicine physician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group. Find out how she became a doctor and read her advice on how to live a healthier life.
Q: DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A DOCTOR?
Dr. Summers: No. I originally got my undergraduate degree in criminology. Later in my studies, I began taking courses in the sciences and became more fascinated with the human body. I enjoyed learning about how it worked and how it would often heal itself when left alone. I also realized how I could improve people’s lives more quickly through the medical field. After working in the law enforcement area for a short time, I saved enough money so I could afford to go to medical school. I have always been very glad I did that.
Q: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE INTERNAL MEDICINE?
Dr. Summers: I like treating the whole person. I like the idea of someone coming in with different symptoms that don’t make sense to them, talking to them, examining them and finally diagnosing them. I find it fascinating and satisfying to help patients in this way.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR WORK?
Dr. Summers: I like when patients talk about problems they don’t even realize are part of their health issues. It’s rewarding when patients open up to me and evaluate their health circumstances even further.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME HOBBIES YOU ENJOY IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Dr. Summers: I love to watch my three adult sons live their lives, hike, and travel. I went to the Galapagos Islands last year and it was amazing to see the natural habitats. I think Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons are my favorite places in this country.
Q: IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR PATIENTS ONE TIP TO LIVE A HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Dr. Summers: Drink more water and eat less processed foods. What you consume is so much more important than supplements. People look for a quick fix but paying attention to what you put in your body is so important to your physical and mental health.