This month, IN caught up with Dr. Mark Thiele. Here, the Sommerville, New Jersey native talks about serving families in Somalia, educating his patients and what he loves doing when he’s not helping his patients.
IN: What led you into medicine, and specifically, family medicine?
DR. THIELE: As a Navy Corpsman assigned to a Marine unit in Somalia, I provided care to my fellow soldiers and Somalian families. I was interested in family medicine because I want to be able to take care of the entire family unit. When given the opportunity to work in Pensacola with Baptist Medical Group, I couldn’t pass it up.
IN: In Somalia, you served families that had no other medical resource through Operation Restore Hope. How did you become involved with the program, and how does that experience affect your practice today?
DR. THIELE: I volunteered to help the United Nations because there was such a need for medical help. My experience with Operation Restore Hope led me to operate my practice with passion and respect for my patients.
IN: What does your typical workday involve?
DR. THIELE: Every day is different, because every patient is unique. Their symptoms may range from a minor scrape or concern to someone with multi-symptom health issues. I pride myself on listening to my patients in order to provide the best level of care possible.
IN: What’s the best part of your job?
DR. THIELE: To me, this is not a job! I look forward to seeing my patients and consider it a privilege to provide care for them. The best part of my job is knowing I was able to make a difference in my patients’ lives.
IN: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
DR. THIELE: I find the most challenging part of my job is treating patients with multi-system issues. Having an accurate patient medical history is vital with this type of patient. It is also important to spend time with each issue, ensuring thorough care. It’s important that I educate the patient on his or her needs and what we’re going to do to help him or her.
IN: When you’re not in the office, what do you enjoy doing?
DR. THIELE: Pensacola and Northwest Florida is a great place to unwind. I’ve taken up several hobbies since moving here. I enjoy running, martial arts, riding my motorcycle, boating, barbeques with friends and enjoying our area beaches.
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