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2A Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Portola Reporter Linda Satchwell liability issues, according to Staff Writer Kuipers. Isatchwell@plumasnews.com Because Kepple is the direc- tor of North Fork Family Med- Quincy native Jack ical Clinic and because he "re- Kuipers, a pre-med student at ally strove to get me in," said California State University- Kuipers, "it worked. I'm really Fresno, has been job shadow- grateful. It just goes to show ing Dr. Jeff Kepple at Plumas you how great the hospital is, District Hospital all summer, how willing they are to help That's the short story, people that are from the area The longer version begins in every aspect of life, not just when he was 7 years old. In medically, but with career fact, to hear him tell it, choices... I'm very grateful to Kuipers has been preparing Dr. Kepple and everyone for for a career in medicine his taking me in and allowing me whole life. to have this opportunity." Kuipers, who turned 20 in Kuipers was drawn to medi- June, grew up in Quincy; was cine early because he had a class valedictorian at Quincy close, personal relationship High School in 2008; and was with Plumas District Hospi- involved in community volun- tal. In fifth grade, he broke his teer work. ankle. While on crutches, he He chose to go to Fresno, be- tripped and fell on the stairs, cause of its honors college, breaking his wrist. That land- which emphasizes high acade- ed him in a wheelchair. Dr. mic standards as well as com- Jensen removed his and his munity service, younger brother's, Jared's, This summer, he looked at appendixes at PDH. an internship program in However, the traumatic Fresno, but realized it would event that caused him to see keep him away from home how medicine truly saves lives during holidays and summers was when, at age 7, he found for the next two to three years, his 5-year-old Jared floating Kuipers is a hometown boy, face down in their pond. He which is potentially a very told his mother, who had re- lucky thing for Quincy. cently taken an EMT course. Since he wanted to go home She jumped in, pulled her son for the summer, and he knew out of the water and began per- he needed medical experience, forming CPR on him. he asked Dr. Kepple if he The fire department arrived could job shadow him. Kepple and took over. After that, was very supportive and told "they flew him to Chico, and Kuipers he'd look into it. they saved his life." It turned out that there Kuipers put these medical were an incredible number of events together and made a hoops to jump through due to life decision out of them. "I've rural practice, he said, was In addition, it makes them the "integration" between feel their doctor cares about North Fork Clinic and the them as an individual, and it hospital. Almost every other makes them "feel they have day he accompanies Kepple to some control over what's hap- see patients at the hospital, pening to them," both impor- Then, they return to the clinic tant factors in physical and for regular appointments, mental healing according to "I'm amazed by Dr. Kep- Kuipers. ple's ability to give really de- Each time Kuipers meets a tailed attention to each pa- new patient, she signs a re- tient, and then go see the next lease allowing Kuipers to be patient and remember every- in the room. It lets the patient .: thing about them and aboutknow he's "strictly observ- their families, and all the ing," not practicing medicine. medicines they've had. He said many of these pa- "He remembers things that tients have told him, "This is have happened in Quincy the right person to shadow if with their family members,you're going to shadov Jack Kuipers of Meadow Valley is a pre-med student in the honors He has really good relations someone." college at California State University-Fresno. He has been job with his patients." Kuipers loves that he's been shadowing Dr. Jeff Kepple, director of North Fork Family Medical This attention to detail trans- allowed to participate in Clinic, all summer. Kuipers is very enthusiastic about the lates to good patient care inthe every aspect of Kepple's work breadth of experience he's received, what he's learned from best sense of the word. Patients -- from "office life, to patient Kepple, and how kind and welcoming the staff at PDH has been feel like Kepple genuinelylife, to clinic care. There are to him. Photo by Linda Satchwell cares about them said Kuipers. not many doctors that will Very observant, Kuipers istreat you from in the womb to had some very important help people your whole life," as impressed by the nuances old age. You're not going to events in my life, and they're Kuipers recalled, of dealing with patients on a get this in the city." medically related and they've "One of the best things you personal level as he is with After his experience, turned out well due to medi- can do," he added," is to the quality of medical care Kuipers said he would really cine. It's always really inter- heal people and do that as a they receive. "You're always consider becoming a rural fam- ested me." profession." making compromises with pa- ily doctor. Kepple told him it's Kuipers has been unusually Kuipers is very enthusias-tients," Kuipers said. important to have a specialty, focused from an early age. As tic about his PDH experience. As an example, he explained as well, one that is commonly a sophomore in high school, Because Kepple's is a "small there might be a required needed by patients, such as ob- he arranged a meeting with rural practice," Kuipers en- number of pills a patient stetrics or dermatology. Dr. Kepple to ask him about joys seeing a great variety of should take on the one hand. When asked if he'd be inter- becoming a doctor, procedures, "everything from Then there's what the patient ested in returning to Quincy They met for brunch, dur- dermatology and birthing to thinks he can handle on the to practice, Kuipers doesn't ing which Kepple advised, your regular sickness." other. The compromise might hesitate. "Yes. I have many "It's difficult to do, a hard He has nothing but praise involve fewer pills and some ties here. My first medical roa~l, but it's worth it. A lot of for Kepple. "If a patient came exercise. In any event, when ties, my interest in medicine. school, but once you get in with anything, he couldKepple and his patients come And it's beautiful up here ... through it, you're dealing solve it or send you to some- up with this kind of compro- (PDH has) done all this for with the rest of your life, and one really good who could." mise, the patients feel actively me, to take me in. I would it's a really fulfilling job to An additional perk of the involved; they feel heard,love to return the favor." q Linda Satchwell in the fall for grades six way, IVA can make use of Staff Writer, through eight, and will come PCS' charter, which provides Isatchwell@plumasnews.comunder the Plumas Charter it with accredited oversight umbrella, and funding. At Plumas Charter School's The IVA is, in essence, a "We have our charter in July board meeting, executive "school within a school" -- a hand, which enables us to director Janet Wolcott gave brick-and-mortar, full-day take public money and de- an update on the new Indian academy, which will become mocratize it " said Wolcott, Valley Academy, Which opens one of PCS' offerings. In this i "so I think that's what:We DRIVEWAY MAI NTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SSII-I OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING ,"