Bothwell Regional Health Center welcomed a new anesthesiologist July 5, but being in Sedalia isn’t new for Dr. Jared Engles.
Engles is a 2002 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and his wife, Christi, is a 2003 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. Engles said he and his wife were looking to move back to the Sedalia area once he completed his residency in St. Louis last month and Bothwell reached out to him about his first job.
He knew early on that he wanted to work in the medical field, so he shadowed several doctors at Bothwell and in Sedalia, including Dr. Stuart Braverman in the operating room.
“I didn’t remember much of what the layout was, but it was nice knowing people that were already there whenever I first started,” Engles said of his first few weeks. “Actually the first surgery I was involved with here was Dr. Braverman, who was who I shadowed, so that was pretty neat.”
Engles said making the choice to work at Bothwell was made easier by the fact it’s the hometown of both he and his wife. Christi is familiar with Bothwell too, as she previously worked as an x-ray and CAT scan technician. Plus their children, Hunter and Hannah, are both excited to attend preschool with their cousin, Engles said.
“It’s really nice. All of our families are here so that really helps,” he said. “We have two kids and they’re excited to be back around their cousins, grandma and grandpa and everyone else. … We both really liked that (the idea of raising our kids in our hometown). We were in St. Louis the last four years and we were in a pretty good area of St. Louis, but it was just way too big. We enjoyed what they had to offer but it’s nice being back in a smaller town.”
According to a BRHC news release, Engles completed undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, chemistry and biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He received a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2012 from A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Engles went on to complete a four-year residency in anesthesiology at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, where he served as Chief Anesthesiology Resident. He also completed pediatric anesthesia training at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, and work in cardiac, obstetrical and trauma anesthesia, as well as out-patient pain medicine.
Bothwell officials have previously said it can be hard recruiting doctors to smaller towns, but it can be a little easier recruiting someone to move back home. Engles said when he interviewed with Physician Recruiter Beth Everts, she said she’d offer to take him on a tour of Sedalia but that he probably knew the town better than she did.
“Almost all training centers are in huge cities. I know a lot of people going through training don’t really have much of a desire to go back to a small town for their job, so being from a small town it was nice to know it’s actually a lot better,” Engles said.
“We are incredibly excited about having Jared join our team,” Bothwell Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Robertson said in the release. “This is exactly the kind of recruitment we like to do – to be able to follow a hometown boy through his education and bring him and his family back here. We know he’s here because he loves this community, and he plans to make it his home for a very long time.”
Engles said it hasn’t been too hard settling in at the hospital. Although there are a few differences between Bothwell and his last hospital, he has been seeing a lot of familiar faces.
“It’s been interesting running into people I knew growing up,” he said. “I walk in and introduce myself as their anesthesiologist and they look at me funny like, ‘oh wow, you’re a doctor now.’ So that’s been pretty neat. A lot of people that work around Bothwell know me and my family because we’ve been here for years. It’s nice having that feeling of everyone’s connected somehow.”
Engles said he knew in high school he wanted to enter the medical field after spending afternoons and weekends helping out his dad, who was a pharmacist.
“I don’t know, I never could picture myself doing anything else,” Engles said. “It’s kind of funny, originally I started out in high school, I thought I wanted to be an anesthesiologist and then I changed my mind. Then I wanted to be a radiologist and then cardiologist and then I thought maybe ER. And then once we had all our rotations in medical school I did my rotation in anesthesia and I said, ‘nope, I think I like that.’ Back to where I originally started.”
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.