Name: Joanne Fruth, MD
Role at Avance: Medical Director, Avance Care
Years at Avance Care: 2 ½
My first job: Clinical Instructor, University of Washington School of Medicine – or should I have said “Lifeguard” at the Tiffin, Ohio YMCA?
Why primary care: I thought of all the specialties available and decided I could do the most good for the most people as a family physician.
Why I love Avance Care: I love the support Avance gives me to practice medicine. I love the focus on putting the patient first in every layer of caring for them.
If I wasn’t a physician I would be: A college professor doing research in exercise physiology. That’s what I went to graduate school to do, then went back to my first passion: becoming a physician.
My favorite part of medicine is: Inspiring a patient to change.
If someone wanted to start a conversation with me, they should ask me about: My children.
How I connect to patients: I hope I put patients at ease. I was always terrified about going to the doctor. I hope my patients leave every appointment feeling, “That was a good experience.”
The one piece of medical advice I tell my patients but have a difficult time incorporating into my own life: Only one glass of wine a day for women, not two.
If I have a three day weekend, I can be found: Sitting beside a lake.
The four people I would invite to my ultimate dinner party: My three adult children and my husband. There would be great conversation, a lot of great memories, and so much laughter.