From Ea­gle Scout to Fam­ily Medicine Physi­cian

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Gre­gory Spears, DO, be­came an Ea­gle Scout when he was 17 years old, an ex­pe­ri­ence that taught him the nec­es­sary fear­less­ness and or­ga­ni­za­tional skills to be­come a doc­tor.

Dr. Spears re­cently joined the ac­tive med­i­cal staff of North­west Health, prac­tic­ing at North­west Med­i­cal Plaza at Sugar Creek at 1102 N.W. owes Ave., Suite 2 in Ben­tonville.

When he was younger, Dr. Spears used his learned fear­less­ness to talk to peo­ple, like com­mu­nity mem­bers and his coun­selors. This skill has car­ried over to his work, where the most ful lling part for him is spend­ing time with his pa­tients and learn­ing about their lives.

Dr. Spears said the most im­por­tant thing he can of­fer his pa­tients is the abil­ity to con­nect on a level that al­lows some­one to feel trusted and heard, which in turn, al­lows them to share the nec­es­sary de­tails to af­fect change when needed.

Ex­pe­ri­ences with his mother and fa­ther led Dr. Spears and three of his ve si­b­lings to med­i­cal ca­reers. He has a brother who is a doc­tor, one who is a para­medic and an­other who is a den­tist.

At one time, Dr. Spears’ fa­ther was a para­medic in os An­ge­les County. He shared sto­ries about work with his chil­dren dur­ing that time. He also taught them about rst aid and ba­sic medicine.

“I can re­mem­ber play­ing with his stetho­scope, and it was just the coolest thing,” Dr. Spears said.

His mother’s pass­ing from breast can­cer taught him both em­pa­thy and com­pas­sion.

Dr. Spears chose to fo­cus on fam­ily medicine be­cause he gets to help a va­ri­ety of peo­ple with dif­fer­ent al­i­ments each day. He ex­plained that he also likes to see the dy­namic be­tween fam­ily mem­bers who both see him. This al­lows him to learn about the back­ground be­hind how an ail­ment is in­ter­preted at home.

Health is more than just phys­i­cal, Dr. Spears said. Health con­sists of the mind, body and spirit. He takes all three into con­sid­er­a­tion when treat­ing an ail­ment.

“They are in­ter­con­nected,” he said. “One can­not be with­out the other in this life.”

Dr. Spears re­ceived his med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion at the Col­lege of Os­teo­pathic Medicine of the Paci c in Pomona, Calif. He com­pleted his fam­ily medicine res­i­dency at Mercy Red­ding in Cal­i­for­nia. He treats most ail­ments and sees pa­tients of all ages.

Dr. Spears and his wife have three sons and one daugh­ter. Out­side of work, he likes to take road trips with his fam­ily, hike, camp, road bike, moun­tain bike and sh. He re­mains in­volved with the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica as a troop coun­selor and helps scouts with hikes, camps and merit badges.

Dr. Spears is cur­rently ac­cept­ing new pa­tients. Same day vis­its are of­ten avail­able. Visit NW-Physi­ or call 479-254-8563 to sched­ule an ap­point­ment.

Dr. Gre­gory Spears

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