As of Tuesday, February 7, 2017
St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley hospital and clinics recently welcomes Dr. Karin Schmidova who will offer general surgical services to the facilities.
Dr. Schmidova will provide laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), laparoscopic appendectomy (removal of appendix), minimally invasive surgeries such as hernia repair, breast, colon or hemorrhoids as well as removals of lumps, bumps and lipomas.
“Dr. Schmidova comes to us most recently from Loveland, Colorado, but is originally from a small town in Slovakia,” said Vicky Petersen, Director of Physician Services, CVHC. “She attended the University of Washington and is a former WWAMI student.”
The University of Washington began the WWAMI program in the early 1970s to train and prepare physicians to care for patients and communities throughout the WWAMI states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). The goals of the program are to provide publically supported medical education, increase the number of primary-care physicians, provide community-based medical education, expand graduate medical education (residency training) and continuing medical education and to provide all of this in a cost-effective manner.
Dr. Schmidova and her husband, who is originally from Idaho, purchased land in Kamiah and are currently building a house there. They enjoy cooking, hunting, gardening and spending time with friends.
Before coming to SMH/CVHC Dr. Schmidova practiced at McKee Medical Center in Loveland for more than eight years. She received her undergraduate degree from Boise State University where she was a Top Ten Scholar. She then attended the University of Washington, School of Medicine, and finished her residency at Penn State, Hershey, PA in June 2008.
“Educating patients about their health and their options is what I like most about being a surgeon,” said Schmidova. “I enjoy the problem solving aspect of healthcare and like being able to help my patients find the best solutions for whatever is ailing them.”