Ohio Native Is New Doctor at UW Health's Eau Claire, Augusta Clinics
Madison, Wisconsin - Dr. Jaime Marks grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and attended college in Ohio, but she is fitting in quite comfortably as the newest physician at the UW Health Eau Claire and Augusta Family Medicine Clinics.
"I think this is an amazing opportunity," she said. "Eau Claire and Augusta both have great physicians, facilities and resources. UW Health has a great reputation, and I am delighted to be a part of that."
Marks, who was born in Lisbon, Ohio, was the valedictorian of her high school graduating class and volunteered with the American Red Cross and at local nursing homes.
Later, at Youngstown State University, she majored in biology, minored in chemistry and psychology, and was active in a number of activities outside the classroom.
"I took up ballroom and swing dancing, and served as president of the dance club," she said. "I started a program called Dance for Joy, where we would do exhibition dances in nursing homes."
After graduating in 2004, Marks was accepted into the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she taught biology and anatomy labs to high school students, volunteered at free clinics and served as the medical school’s representative on the student senate.
Marks said working in a rural community has always appealed to her, and that’s why she is very happy to be at the UW Health Eau Claire and Augusta clinics.
"Augusta was especially unique because they lacked a permanent female physician," she said. "I have a lot of respect for the two physicians in Augusta already. However, women may feel more comfortable discussing issues with female physicians."
Marks said her specialties include pediatrics, mental health, obstetrics and women’s health. She is looking forward to delivering her first Wisconsin baby.
"I became a physician to heal," she said. "Spending time with patients, listening to their problems, and trying to understand who they are can be healing in itself. Many times a diagnosis can be made by just listening to and examining a patient. Expensive tests and medicines aren’t always the answer. Working with patients to develop a treatment plan is more effective."
Date Published: 11/15/2012