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Dr. Shelle Glover Brings a World of Experience to Patterson

Dr. Shelle Glover Brings a World of Experience to Emanuel Family Practice in Patterson

Turlock, CA— If you make an appointment to see Dr. Shelle Glover, the new primary care physician at Emanuel Family Practice, don’t ask to see her passport. You could be there a while.

From Ghana to Peru, Zambia to India, North Carolina to South Africa, Dr. Glover has spent a lot of time helping people around the world. Now she’s bringing that experience and dedication to Patterson, at Emanuel Family Practice’s newest location.  Dr. Glover and staff will begin seeing patients at the Patterson location on April 10, 2013. The office is located 1010 W. Las Palmas Avenue, in the True Value Center.  To schedule an appointment, phone (209) 895-7100.

“In smaller, rural California communities like Patterson, I feel I am where I belong,” she said. “There is a higher need here. It will include a lot of the working poor who need medical care. It will be a pleasure to work in Patterson.”

Dr. Glover grew up in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in biochemistry.  She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, West Africa, then taught high school math in rural North Carolina.  Later, interested in tropical diseases and treatment, she enrolled at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans where she finished a master’s degree in public health.
“I entertained the thought of applying to medical school, but during my undergraduate work, all of the pre-med students seemed so stressed out and worried about test scores,” she said. “I wanted to see the world.”

So she did – beginning as the laboratory team leader for a HIV research project in Lusaka, Zambia.

“I loved Africa,” she said. “I worked for a year in Zambia which secured my decision to go to medical school. The levels of patients with HIV, AIDS and poverty were huge.”

The next year, Dr. Glover was accepted at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. During medical school she continued to work overseas: on a HIV elective in Mseleni, South Africa; on a women’s health elective in Cuzco, Peru; and as a volunteer for six weeks at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Calcutta, India.

Dr. Glover and her husband, Ernie, a South African national, met while vacationing on a beach in Mozambique. They have two children—a 3 year old son and a 4 month old daughter.

She completed her family medicine residency and board certification at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, and says Patterson feels like the perfect place to put down roots.

“I wanted small-town life in a rural community, ideally with land and space to raise a family,” she said. “I’m excited to become a part of the Patterson community, and I’m fortunate to be able to live and work in the same community doing a broad spectrum family practice.”

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services, surgery, and hospice services.

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