Q&A with pediatrician Dr. Becca Percy
August 14, 2014
Dr. Becca Percy has just joined the team as new pediatrician at Pediatric Partners in Glenwood Springs. She has a 13-month-old daughter named Emily Rose and is married to the new family doc, Dr. Matt Percy at Mountain Family Health Care. She grew up in Boulder, attending Carleton College as an undergrad, University of Colorado for med school and the University of Utah Pediatric Residency program.
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Boston but I grew up in Boulder. My husband grew up in Cortez. My grandfather is from Paonia — there's actually a historic monument at the home originally homesteaded by my family. It's cool for both of us to find jobs where we have family roots.
How did you meet your husband?
We met at medical school on the ultimate Frisbee team. He claims I turned down the first date because I had to study anatomy!
Why did you decide to become a pediatrician?
I originally thought I would be a veterinarian. I volunteered at a wild bird shelter in college and half way through, I decided I wanted to work with people instead.
Why did you choose to come here?
We wanted a small town atmosphere to raise our children in. And Glenwood Springs is a rare place where you can see families from birth to geriatrics and you can see patients both in the clinic and the hospital. That's what I love — you can do all of these things — you can go with your patient to the hospital and be the one taking care of him or her and you can them see them in the clinic.
What do you do for fun?
I love soccer. I played soccer in college. We went to Brazil to see the World Cup for our post-residency trip. I also like hiking and running.
Where is the joy in medicine?
Kids are resilient and happy even when they are sick. I love to hear what's on their minds — kids' conversations are so cool — you never know what they will say. They are less crabby than adults!
What does patient centered care mean to you?
It means listening. Listen to what they describe, what they are concerned about and what they need from a visit. Like, a child is crying all night. Is he OK? Do I need specialists? And it's listening to both the parents and the kids. So much of peds is making sure parents are comfortable, and now that I am a parent I can really relate. You don't get it until you are a parent. We are taught lots in school but I didn't really know what it was like until I became a parent. It changes what you talk about at a visit.
What are your patients' most common questions?
Is this normal? Is this not normal? What should I expect? What does eating well look like?
What is your philosophy around after hours care?
I need to be a resource. And if I am having a problem any time of day, I hope a doc is available!
What do patients say about you?
I hope they say I am approachable, I listen and I am a good doc helping kids get better.
Do you have any pets?
I have a crazy black lab named Magnus. He is 4 years old.
If you could sing a karaoke song, what would it be?
I am a terrible singer and should never sing in public! However, I know all the classic Disney songs and can sing a duet with my brother — "Hakuna Matata."
What is your favorite Coloradough?
The jalapeno cheese bread and blueberry donut.