Mitch Bartley, D.O.
Mitch Bartley, D.O., cares for patients of all ages at Lake Regional Clinic - Eldon. He cares for newborns, children, teens, adults and geriatric patients. He provides primary care services, such as well-child checks, sports physicals, annual wellness visits for adults and Medicare visits for seniors, as well as chronic disease management and acute/urgent care. He also performs several procedures, including treatment for dermatologic conditions, including skin biopsies and lesion excisions.
Dr. Bartley became interested in medicine in 2002, when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease.
“When I went to see my primary care doctor, he did such a great job explaining my condition to me that I was inspired,” said Dr. Bartley, who was then working in the animal health pharmaceutical industry. “He made me feel very much at ease, despite having just been told I had a form of cancer. My wife was going through nursing school at the time. So over the next four to five years as she finished nursing school, I started thinking more and more about what I wanted to do career-wise and ended up making the decision to go back to school and pursue medicine.”
Dr. Bartley added that what drew him to primary care, in particular, was the chance to address multiple problems for patients and serve as their care coordinator.
“Being a primary care provider allows me to have a very personal relationship with patients,” he said. “I really appreciate that connection and the awesome responsibility it provides.”
He also values the opportunity he has to connect with patients throughout life's stages.
“I appreciate that my career affords me the opportunity to counsel young parents on the care of their newborn, work with teens and address their specific concerns, help adults achieve wellness through guidance and treatment, and also perform a variety of procedures, oftentimes all in the same day,” he said.
For all of his patients, Dr. Bartley strives to engage and empower them.
“I feel strongly that it is my responsibility to make sure patients understand their specific disease processes,” he said. “I spend a lot of time educating patients on their treatment goals and objectives and then empowering them to make decisions regarding their care. I’ve found that patients oftentimes become much more engaged in their health and wellness if they understand what the doctor ordered and why. It goes from an authoritative relationship to a teamwork approach.”
Dr. Bartley joined Lake Regional in 2014.
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|Facilities||Lake Regional Clinic - Eldon|
|Medical School||DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee|
|Residency||Family Medicine, Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Missouri|