Pursuit of Fulfillment

Dr. Ryan Frazine is no stranger to success.

Only a few years out of his residency, Ryan was asked by now Baptist Health Paducah to start and lead the town's first hospitalist program, which is comprised of physicians specializing in in-hospital patient care.

But after awhile he noticed something was missing.

"You would see a patient for a few days then they would be gone and you would never see them again," he said. "While it was an easier job, easier hours, easier money… it wasn't as fulfilling."

Ryan was missing the connection with his patients.

He wanted to build relationships.

So he and his wife, Carla, started planning for a change.

"I knew this would be more time consuming and potentially stressful, and harder to make money, but it would be more fulfilling work," he said. "The idea of building something, to build a practice but also to build a business that would turn into something."

In July of 2014 he opened his own practice in Building 3 of Baptist Health Paducah.

But making the switch from his job at the hospital to starting his own practice wasn't a simple move. After all, he'd be starting with zero income.

Ryan wondered how he would be able to pay for his house, student loans and provide for his family with his income dropping to relatively nil.

Ryan has come to realize those things are important, but there are other important questions to answer as well. "It's about what you want to do," he said. "What would your ideal day be like? What would your job be like? What do you want your life to look like?"

He and Carla said one of their biggest passions is traveling and being able to have their three little girls travel as well.

Ryan says he's not so worried about saving every penny until he's 80-years-old. Now when planning for their future, Ryan said they think of how they want their life to look like now, in addition to saving for retirement.

And it's those positive experiences he now strives to share with his patients in his own practice.

"Here I honestly feel like there's somebody, everyday, we do something for that I think we've done something to make their life better," Ryan said. "And we get to see those people come back and feel better."


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