Editor's note: This is the next story in our Gainesville Pride business profile series.
With over 35 babies born under his care since the doors of the Gainesville Clinic opened in August 2013, Dr. Shawn White is running out of room on his office bulletin boards with pictures of newborns and other patients seemingly crowded together as if beloved family members proudly displayed in a special place.
White says that they are more than patients. He considers them family and does his best to make sure all his patients feel that way too.
“They may be strangers coming into our office but we hope they will consider themselves friends and family when they leave,” White said.
With more babies due in the coming months, another wall and bulletin board may be a much-needed purchase for the new year.
“We currently have another 35 babies on track for this next year,” White said. “The most recent one so far is due on my birthday, May 1, so that will be an awesome birthday present for me.”
Born in Denton, White grew up in Lewisville and is a proud alumnus of the “Fighting Farmers” of Lewisville High School.
At an early age, helping care for an ailing grandmother in Illinois with dementia instilled his growing interest in rural Family Medicine.
"In reality, we stayed with my grandmother in Mason, Illinois ( population 298) all summer long. When the school supplies were put out for sale it was time to head back to Texas."
Taking care of people and family became his passion which is what he brings to the table for every patient that enters his clinic.
“There had not been a new family doctor in Gainesville for at least 15 years,” White said. “It has been a great year and a half and have met some wonderful families. New memories and new friends are being made every day ”
White has a special affinity for knowing a young family, diagnosing a pregnancy, guiding them through the pregnancy and delivering the newborn. After this sequence of events, he basically becomes part of the family’s life as their world centers around the new baby. As the years pass, his Obstetrics and Family Medicine practice blends together to include parents, grandparents and other family members.
“I get to care for multiple generations of the same extended family,” he said. “It is unusual to have a true family doctor in today’s world of specialized medicine.”
White's greatest vision for the Gainesville Clinic is to be thought of as the medical home for past, present and future patients who walk in the door.
“I want my patients to know that they can come here for most of their medical needs” White said. “Every day I remind myself that God heals through me not because of me.”
With a heart for teaching, White believes in giving back and has been a mentor to many young physicians and medical students through the years. This fall, Celeste Leon, M.D. a Family Medicine Resident from John Peter Smith (JPS), has spent all of October with White. She has lived at the hospital ( NTMC) so she wouldn't miss any thing. Dr. Leon is a third generation physician from San Marcos and will be finishing her time at JPS this Fall.
“It is a good experience for her to be here and learning about a medical practice in a smaller community,” he said.
His office includes a highly skilled staff consisting of Cindy Joffrion, FNP-BC, Lauren Childress, LVN and Mandy Peters, LVN.
“Cindy is expecting her first child in November and many of our patients feel that her baby is their baby too and check up on her at every appointment,” White said.
The clinic is now accepting new patients with same day appointments available.
The clinic hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the telephone number is 940-580-3070 and the location is 1820 O-Neal Street Suite 5. The website is www.gainesvilleclinic.com.