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New family practice doctor starts at Williams Clinic
Dr. Richard Gibula started in October, looking forward to getting to know patients
Dr. Richard Gibula is the Williams Clinic’s newest doctor. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Dr. Richard Gibula is the Williams Clinic’s newest doctor. Ryan Williams/WGCN
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North Country HealthCare's Williams Clinic welcomed a new doctor in October who is now seeing patients.

Dr. Richard Gibula, who came to the Williams Clinic from Cottonwood, specializes in family medicine.

"It's a little bit of everything," Gibula said. "In family practice we think we can take care of about 85 to 90 percent of most people's medical conditions, and the rest of the stuff at least we know where to send them out for referrals."

Gibula added that some people go directly to see a specialist when a family practice physician can address many common issues.

"(Specialists) are needed but not for most people most of the time," he said. "So we like to get a lot of things started or taken care of before we decide if anyone needs some very specialty stuff."

Gibula attended school at the University of Chicago and completed his residency in Kansas City. After that, he practiced in Albuquerque for about 20 years before moving to Cottonwood. There Gibula worked in urgent care for a period of time, although he said he prefers working in family practice.

"With urgent care there's no real relationship between the patients and the doctors after you're out the door," he said. "So I like the idea of knowing my patients and I kind of enjoy complicated medical issues, and urgent care is usually pretty simple stuff by comparison."

Because of the city's size, Gibula said Williams is different from many of the other places he has worked.

"Williams doesn't have a lot of medical resources," he said. "So we have to deal with a very wide range of issues."

While Gibula is currently still living in Cottonwood, he's considering moving to town.

"It's kind of a unique situation for doctors in small communities, especially when you really get to know a lot of people," he said. "You get to talk to them about their medical problems sometimes on the street, which can be okay or can have some issues."

So far, Gibula is enjoying working at the Williams Clinic, where he said he's met "very nice people, (who are) easy to work with, and they know how to get things done."

The Williams Clinic may be reached at (928) 635-4441.

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