We've all heard stories of people who went to college , studied further, and then had to leave their home area to find a job. But that's not the case for one doctor at Conemaugh Health System who's glad to be back in the area.
Dr Christine Lesosky, a graduate of Bishop Mccort, UPJ and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. did her residency at Conemaugh Health System and recently became a family doctor at Conemaugh's Saint Benedict office.
"It gives me an opportunity to take care of my family, to take care of my friends' families, and it's an honor and kind of a privilege," she says, " so I'd be content staying here forever and being that country doctor."
She brings varied experience to that role. Dr Lesosky spent two years as a surgical resident in addition to focusing on treating women and children.
And she adds, "I think that's one unique thing about being a female physician, you're a little more compassionate and understanding of how it is to juggle everything, to juggle being mom at home, being mom all the time and having a job as well."
Another skill not all family doctors share----she's a doctor of osteopathy. D.O.'s receive extra training in the body's system of nerves. They can use manipulation to treat patients.
Some patients comment about how young she looks or that she's the first "girl doctor" they've had. But she takes that in stride, as she thinks about how great it is to have roots in the community.
"So if I can stay in the area and kind of give back to the people who educated me, I would be more than happy to do that."
Dr Lesosky's mother, a physical therapist, and her science teacher helped inspire her to go into medicine.