My Town - Dr. Andrew Solkovits
By Enjoy Magazine
Dr. Andrew Solkovits,
California Family Medical Group
Photo by Melinda Hunter
How do I see my town: A Family
When I came to Redding 28 years ago as a young physician, I had started a family with a desire to raise my daughter in a safe, family-oriented place. Being a physician with a want to build a comprehensive family practice, Mercy Redding Family Practice Residency Program was an ideal opportunity. I immediately entered into what I still consider a family by joining the medical community in Redding. During completion of residency, my family expanded from the medical community to neighbors and patients as my medical office grew.
My children were raised in this supportive city that continues to have a small-town feel as well as genuine relationships. Being exposed to the people of Redding and surrounding areas such as Anderson, Shasta Lake City, Cottonwood, Bella Vista, Old Shasta and Palo Cedro, my relationships continued to grow to include a wider, more diverse population. The growth of Redding never changed the small-town feel which was exhibited by many examples of unselfish behavior, supportive actions and sharing as you would expect from family. Receiving home-cooked meals from neighbors and patients during my daughters’ births, holidays and other events are examples of the giving and care that has never stopped. This has been proved by the community with many fundraising and support groups, ranging from cancer awareness to programs aiding the homeless shelters. To this day, the generosity and compassion exists as seen by the recent tragic events that have surrounded our community.
As a family practitioner, I have been fortunate enough to serve Redding and the local areas through leadership and participation. I have been able to aid in the growth of a family-oriented community. With Redding leading as an example of community, I have been able to carry the culture into my work place. Through California Family Medical Group, I have been lucky enough to serve Redding and surrounding areas by creating a work family of like-minded individuals who have helped establish a safe, inviting place to care for other families. From childbirth to end of life, we have been lucky enough to serve our patients and create relationships that travel beyond the front door. I am proud to call this community my family.