David Meyer recently joined Lincoln Internal Medicine to work with his wife and father-in-law, who started the practice more than 15 years ago.
Denver Citizen: Tell us about yourself.
David Meyer: I’m a native of Oak Ridge, Tenn. I attended the University of Michigan for my undergraduate degree, followed by a Masters at Boston University. I met my lovely wife at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. After getting married, we both attended a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Vermont. I’ve been serving the western Lake Norman region for nearly five years, as a board-certified Internal Medicine primary care physician. I joined Lincoln Internal Medicine as of July 2018.
DC: How did you get into medicine?
DM: The science of medicine first attracted me. Initially, I thought I would be best suited to be a lab-bench researcher; however, as my education progressed, I realized I was missing the personal side of patient care. Blending the human condition with science, a career in medicine became a natural calling for me.
DC: What’s your favorite part about your profession?
DM: For me, it’s all about building long-term physician-patient relationships. Working in primary care allows me to see my patients on a continuity basis, over years, and develop an understanding of my patients that cannot be fully gleaned from a one-time visit. Whether it’s a deeper understanding of a patient’s chronic illness or an appreciation for their families or beloved past-times – this is what I truly love about my job.
DC: What makes the practice such a family affair? What’s that like all working together?
DM: Yes!! It’s no secret I have joined my wife, Gabriela Meyer, MD, and my father-in-law, Toma Radut, MD. Dr. Radut started the clinic over 15 years ago, and he has been a bedrock of care in the community for even longer. He continues to serve on local medical boards, practices at local nursing homes and spent many years practicing hospital medicine as well. I can unequivocally say that he is one of the most genuine, caring primary care physicians I know. As for my wife, Dr. Gabriela Meyer, she is wholly cut from the same thread – her patients love her. She’s not only a general internist but also a board-certified Geriatrician.
Working with family means 100 percent support for each other, and I believe this easily pervades into the rest of the practice and, most importantly, patient care. Communication is seamless, and we share a love for the community. Don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day, we have to work to keep a certain separation between work and family life, but, in the end, the positives are profound.
That being said, this practice is not only a family affair. The community should know that the practice also has two very caring and knowledgeable nurse practitioners, Latyeasaral “Tye” Bennett and Petronela “Trina” Matiut who are integral to patient care.
DC: What are some of the services offered there?
DM: Preventive care and wellness exams, same-day sick visits, management of chronic disease (ie. hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease), women’s health visits, geriatric care visits and many more.
DC: How long has the clinic been there?
DM: The medical group has been in the community for over 15 years. The actual office building is brand-new, built one year ago.
DC: What are ways it’s part of the community?
DM: Lincoln Internal Medicine not only serves as an outpatient clinic, but it also serves a majority of the residents at local nursing homes, along with assisted living facilities.
DC: What makes it different from other places?
DM: Lincoln Internal Medicine is one of the very few Internal Medicine Practices in the greater Lincoln County area. Internal Medicine primary care physicians are trained solely in adult general medicine, ages 18 and older (just as pediatricians are trained to treat individuals under 18). Additionally, Dr. Gabriela Meyer is one of the very few geriatricians in the area. A geriatrician is a physician who specializes in the care of older adults: promoting health, independence and quality of life while managing comorbid chronic conditions.
DC: When should people come see you?
DM: We see patients across the spectrum of care. We strive to maintain health and function in our patients, and, we also manage those with complex, chronic illness.
DC: What else should people know about you?
DM: Gabi and I are Denver residents, and we look forward to a lifetime raising our young family in the area.