My name is James McCarrey. I’m originally from Pasadena, CA, but I graduated high school in the Pacific Northwest. I did my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University where I met my beautifully amazing wife. We’ve been married for 5 years now and have enjoyed many adventures together, not the least of which was medical school.
After finishing my degree at BYU, we moved across the country to rural east Tennessee for medical school at Lincoln Memorial University. While we were there, we learned to appreciate small town living, southern hospitality and barbecue. During our four years there, we also added to our family two boys, both of whom have added to the adventure that we are on.
When I started medical school, I wasn’t sure what specialty I wanted to go into. I found that I enjoyed pretty much everything in medicine. I was, however, more drawn to preventative medicine and management of chronic diseases. It seemed that every day during my clinical rotations I was seeing what would happen when illness isn’t prevented. I noticed how large an effect this was having on people, especially the poor and underserved. Recognizing these things led me towards family medicine.