Name: Caroline Kramer, MD
Role at Avance: Family Physician at Durham Avance Care
Years at Avance Care: Less than one
My first job: Babysitting, elder sitting, then dog walking when I turned 10 and was allowed to work.
Why primary care: Participating in so many aspects of a patient’s health.
Why I love Avance Care: Avance has amazing and available support, and is a great model of patient access to care.
If I wasn’t a physician I would be: Running a Dean Ornish Center.
My favorite part of medicine is: Getting to know individuals and seeing positive changes.
If someone wanted to start a conversation with me, they should ask me about: Art, music, gardening, animals, parks, hiking, or my kids.
How I connect to patients: I listen well and put myself in their shoes.
The one piece of medical advice I tell my patients but have a difficult time incorporating into my own life: Regular exercise (busted!)
If I have a three day weekend, I can be found: In a park, by the river, on the beach, or buried in a book.
The four people I would invite to my ultimate dinner party: Eckhart Tolle, Oprah, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Mark Manson.