Lake Regional Clinic – Laurie welcomes Jonathan Privett, M.D. Dr. Privett, who is board certified in family medicine, joins Mitch Bartley, D.O.; Kenneth Derrington, M.D.; and Meg DeMuri, PA-C, at the clinic. In addition to caring for patients in Laurie, Dr. Privett will see patients at Lake Regional Clinic – Iberia two days each month.
“We are glad to have Dr. Privett join our team,” said Michael Burcham, vice president of Lake Regional Physician Practices. “An experienced doctor, he has a passion for rural medicine and looks forward to building relationships in Laurie and Iberia.”
Dr. Privett grew up near Poplar Bluff and always dreamed of being a doctor.
“We had two doctors in town, the Turner brothers, and I wanted to be like them,” he said. “But growing up out in the country, it took me a while to convince myself I could do that.”
Before becoming a doctor, Dr. Privett had careers ranging from a deck hand on a tugboat on the Gulf of Mexico to a finish carpenter. Finally, in his 30s, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City and Wichita, Kansas. Then, 30 years after leaving the area, he moved back to southeast Missouri to care for the people where he grew up.
Down to earth and easy to talk to, Dr. Privett said the most important part of establishing good relationships is being able to understand what people need.
“To start out, I let them talk,” he said. “Then I ask questions. And when we’re done, I always ask, ‘And what else?’ That way we’re more likely to cover everything that’s bothering them.”
Along with building relationships, Dr. Privett said he also enjoys family medicine because he likes solving mysteries.
“People come to me and don’t know why they are having problems,” he said. “I get to figure out what we can do to get them better.”
Dr. Privett has been married for 37 years to his wife Sharon, and they have three daughters. He is an enrolled member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe, with Cherokee ancestry on his father’s and mother’s sides. In his free time, he likes to build things in his wood shop and garden. He also has a small cattle operation on his family land in southeast Missouri.
To make an appointment with Dr. Privett in Laurie, call 573.374.5263. To make an appointment with him in Iberia, call 573.793.6900. To learn more about Dr. Privett and other Lake Regional providers, visit www.lakeregional.com/physicians.