When you’re in the doctor’s office it can be a little bit of an ego boost because all the doctor wants to know about is…YOU. They want to know your age (which at times I wish I could lie about ), weight (I pretend it’s my I.Q.), your physical activity levels, etc. More importantly they want to know exactly what ails you.
When my doc asks me the last question I wish I could answer my messy house, loud kids, bad drivers, empty milk cartons in the fridge, the list really could go on. I digress. My point being, we don’t really get to know the story behind the person doing the diagnosing and healing. We rarely hear why they chose to do what they do.
I sat down with our newest family medicine physician at MountainStar Primary Care, Dr. Hans Jenkins and asked him a few things about his life. I’m not going to lie, some of his answers were pretty hilarious. See for yourself!
Where were you born and raised? Centerville, Utah
Are you married? Kids? Pets? Married with five children (4 girls and a boy) and two dogs
What is your favorite food? Sushi or Steak
What are your hobbies outside of work? People have time for hobbies outside of work and family? If so I would really like to go hiking again with a new shirt and pocket knife. (His answer will make more sense in a couple of questions )
What’s your favorite quote? Nil carborundum illegitimi.
I have to admit I had no I idea what that meant so being the curious person I am I Googled it and I laughed out loud!
You served in the Air Force, tell me a little bit more about that. Yes, I served as a flight surgeon for the United States Air Force. I spent two years with the F16 pilots at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and Travis Air Force Base in California. During those four years I was deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqui Freedom.
When did you know you wanted to be a doctor? When I was eight years old I was hiking in the Wasatch mountains with my younger cousin. After he injured (scratched his leg) I cut my new shirt up with my pocket knife and bandaged him up. Once I recovered from my mom’s punishment for cutting up my new shirt I knew I wanted to be a doctor.
Was there anyone one person that influenced your decision? My mom not killing me for cutting up my new shirt to repair a minor scratch on my cousins leg kind of helped me survive long enough to attend medical school. Just kidding, my mom was a huge influence.
Tell me the hardest part about medical school. The “hardest” part of medical school had to be all those classes, test, late night study sessions, bad food, 24-hour call.
Why did you choose your specialty? In my opinion, it is the best specialty anyone could ever practice.
There you have folks. He’s a husband, father, outdoorsman, Veteran and a doc.
For more information about Dr. Jenkins visit his clinic’s website.