As of Tuesday, November 4, 2014
GRANGEVILLE — Doctor Jim Dardis knew what he wanted to do with his life from a young age.
“I still remember in first grade writing on the board that I wanted to be a doctor,” he said. “And my family said they remember me saying it before then.”
Dardis was always interested in serving others, and began early as a water safety aide and then instructor at the age of 13. But it was before then that he felt the influences of his parents.
“My mother and my father both had a profound impact on my life and my career choice,” he explained.
His father was an ophthalmologist. His mother had multiple sclerosis and was wheelchair bound by the time Dardis was 10.
“I was a caregiver for years before I finally got a job as an orderly when I was 18,” he said.
He grew up and graduated from high school in Pueblo, Colo., and then went on to Colorado College. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado and completed his residency in Greeley, Colo.
“I basically started at the bottom of the state and went straight up,” he smiled.
Dardis then worked at the Terry Riley Clinic in Nampa and then found his niche in McCall where he has been a partner in the Payette Lakes Medical Center. He and his wife, Kathy, have two sons and a daughter. Their oldest son lives in Portland, their daughter teaches English in Japan, and their youngest son is a student at Gonzaga University.
Now, he is on to another phase in his career life and is set to be in the Syringa Clinic on Wednesdays and work ER Thursdays and Fridays.
“I am humbled and honored to have patients from McCall follow me here,” he said. He will be seeing those patients and a panel of other established and ER patients on Wednesdays in the clinic.
When not working, Dardis and his wife enjoy traveling.
“We were able to spend four months in New Zealand where I worked in a clinic four days a week,” he said. “It was a fantastic experience and each of our kids was able to visit while we were there.”
The family also enjoys water and snow skiing.
Dardis is a third generation physician as his grandfather was a medical doctor. He takes care of the full gamut of patients and spent more than 20 years delivering babies.
“Medicine is a calling,” he said. “I am where I belong.”