By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer
A new doctor has arrived in Choctaw County. Dr. Terry O’Malia recently joined the Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw team. Right now, he is working in the emergency room with clinic hours to be announced soon.
“The employees of the hospital and nursing home are excited to welcome Dr. Terry O’Malia and his family to Choctaw County. He will be a wonderful addition to our medical community,” said Lauren Williams, PHS-Choctaw administrator.
“Pioneer Health Services is committed to providing superior healthcare to our residents. Recruiting quality providers like Dr. O’Malia and the continued construction of the new hospital and medical clinic are evidence of this commitment,” she added.
Dr. O’Malia, his wife, Lori, and their one year old daughter, Caylee Reagan, moved to Ackerman by way of North Carolina. He and his family are excited to become a part of the Choctaw County community.
Dr. O’Malia is a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine and will practice family medicine from pediatrics to geriatrics.
“I take care of the entire family, from the cradle to the grave,” said Dr. O’Malia. He will do “a little bit of everything with everything in between.”
This includes seeing infants, children, adults and the elderly. Also, he will see patients for women’s health issues.
Dr. O’Malia said he chose to move to Choctaw County because he can practice family medicine.
“One thing that made me decide on Ackerman is because I do a little bit of everything and a lot of nothing.” By this he means practicing family medicine and seeing patients of all ages. Dr. O’Malia chose to practice medicine after a mission trip to Honduras while he was in undergraduate school.
“I fell in love with medicine. I changed majors to meet the requirements (for medicine),” said Dr. O’Malia.
He graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009.
Dr. O’Malia has experience in several different fields including serving in the Marine Corp. for four years. As a marine, he served in the infantry as a small engine watercraft guide. He also completed some sniper training.
Dr. O’Malia also worked in Hawaii for a year with the Hawaii Carpentry Union, spent one year in Bible College and worked with troubled teens doing three week backpacking trips, all before he began medical school in 2004.
Outside of medicine, Dr. O’Malia enjoys carpentry, being outdoors, camping and kayaking. “The last eight to ten years of my life has been medicine,” said Dr. O’Malia about what he does in his spare time.
To learn more about Dr. Terry O’Malia or Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw visit www.pchchoctaw.com.