No plans for retirement for Silverton doctor practicing since 1957
Olwyn Davies, M.D., started his journey with medicine in September 1957. He has been practicing general medicine for the past 60 years, improving the lives of the people in and around Silverton, Oregon.
“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you know your purpose,” Dr. Davies said.
Sixty years ago, Dr. Davies was coming out of the Army and was given two opportunities. He could have gone to Tacoma, Washington to be an obstetrician or to go to Silverton, Oregon as a general practice physician. He decided to head to Silverton and has never looked back.
“It’s because I love the human story. While I had other viable career options, I knew that medicine was a calling for me,” said Dr. Davies about why he chose a career in medicine. “I’m most happy when I’ve gone out of my way to do something that significantly impacted the treatment course of a patient. This is why I’ve come to appreciate general practice.”
When Dr. Davies arrived in Silverton, there were only about 3,000 people living in the community, with only six doctors, who were extremely busy. At that time, it wasn’t a problem if a person did not have insurance or money. Every hospital allowed teaching beds that were available to serve the poor and vulnerable. Patients at that time appreciated doctors more and doctors appreciated their patients more.
Dr. Davies journey includes 38 years in obstetrics. When he was 70, he thought he was no longer going to deliver babies, but when a doctor came to Silverton without a partner he continued to deliver babies for five more years.
Dr. Davies has no retirement plans for right now because his schedule is full and there is plenty of work. He says it is hard to pick only one memorable experience because there have been so many. With a smile on his face he said, “it’s been a great trip, with so many good memories.”
“Many people say medicine has changed so much and I always say, yes, but the human body has not,” said Dr. Davies. “I’ve learned many of life’s most profound lessons through the stories, struggles, and triumphs of my patients, and this makes a career in medicine a journey worth completing well. As long as there is work, I will keep working.”