Q&A with pediatrician Craig Martin
Valley View Hospital
Dr. Craig Martin has joined the team as a new pediatrician at Pediatric Partners in Glenwood Springs. He and his wife, Susan, have a son, Travis, who is a junior at the University of Texas San Antonio; and daughter, Emma, who is a freshman at the University of Texas Austin. Dr. Martin attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
Q: Where are you originally from?
I am a native of Houston. After finishing medical school, I moved nine times as a pediatrician in the Navy. We have lived in Florida, Hawaii, Guam, Italy and Japan. We have seen a lot of the world and still have a love for travel.
Q: Why did you decide to become a pediatrician?
Like all juniors in medical school, I was exposed to many different medical specialties. I was really impressed with pediatrics because they approached their patients as a team. There was less emphasis on individual doctors and more on working as a team and that impressed me, and I wanted to be part of a team.
Q: Why did you choose to come here and practice at Pediatric Partners?
Dr. Ellen Brooks contacted me asking me if I would consider working in Colorado. It sounded like a wonderful opportunity, and our kids loved the idea and wanted us to move to Colorado. I was so impressed by the beauty here and how nice everyone is here.
Q: What do you do for fun?
I was an avid scuba diver when we lived in Guam. I used to be a big runner but now that my knees aren’t what they used to be I do a lot of biking — both road and mountain biking — as well as hiking.
Q: Where is the joy in medicine?
Seeing kids get better — it’s as simple as that.
Q: What does patient-centered care mean to you?
I like to involve the entire family in the care of the patient as well as my team of colleagues. This approach allows for a team-focus on the patient.
Q: What are your patients’ most common questions?
Parents will often ask if certain behaviors are normal and age appropriate. The next most popular question is: Is this serious? And thankfully, nine times out of 10 it’s not and they just need reassurance. If it is serious, then it’s my job to tell them.
Q: What is your philosophy around after-hours care?
Round-the-clock access to our team is essential so parents don’t feel left out on a limb.
Q: What do patients say about you?
I hope they say I am a good listener, and I pay attention to what they are telling me. I take the time to listen to their concerns.
Q: If you could sing a karaoke song, what would it be?
I love all kinds of music, but it would probably be an old rock and roll song.
Q: What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about the environment. My son was in the Boy Scouts and they have a saying that we live by — leave nothing but footprints in the wilderness. My philosophy is we should be hands-off and leave things where they are. I hope to join the local Sierra Club or Colorado Audubon Society once we get our roots set here and become more engaged in the community.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
We bought a house in Spring Ridge Reserve so it’s easy for us to get to Carbondale. We love Phat Thai and the Village Smithy. We also love the Brew Pub in Glenwood. We haven’t been to a bad place yet!
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