McDowell hospital recruits 4 new physicians

August 15, 2004

Within the past five months, the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center has recruited four new physicians to the community, according to a press release from the hospital.

"Physician recruitment commands much of our attention at the Medical Center, as we endeavor to provide the physicians that are necessary to meet our community's needs," said Barry Michael, medical center president. "We are pleased to have added these four new physicians to the medical staff this year."

The new physicians are: Dr. Christine Alvarado and Dr. Kimberly Frazier, both of whom specialize in obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Jonathan M. Doty, who specializes in otolaryngology (Ears, Nose and Throat); and Dr. Dave Rashduni, who specializes in cardiology.

Dr. Christine Alvarado

Alvarado joined the practice of Dr. Susan Coleman at 214 S. Third St. in Danville, in March. She received her medical degree in 1996 from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. She completed an internship and residency at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2002. She lives in Danville with her husband, Alex, and their son, Tristan Maximus Alvarado.


Alvarado hails from a family of physicians. Both of her grandfathers, her parents, two brothers and two sisters all practice medicine, from family practice to psychiatry to radiation oncology to endocrinology.

"Ever since medical school when I performed my first delivery, I knew I wanted to be in obstetrics and gynecology," Alvarado said. "This specialty seemed to be the most fulfilling."

Alvarado said she is glad to have found a quality medical practice in Danville to join, because she wanted to practice in a community that would be close to her parents' home in Indiana.

"I like this community," she said. "The people are very friendly and hospitable. I also enjoy the practice we have and the fact that we provide really good care to our patients. We spend a lot of time with our patients."

Dr. Kimberly Frazier

Frazier began seeing patients July 21. She has joined the practice of Drs. Glover, Harrison, Ahnquist and Alexander at 333 S. Third St. in Danville. She received her medical degree in 2000 from the University of Kentucky, and completed an internship and residency there last month. She lives in Danville with her 4-year-old son, Zachary.

"I always wanted to do medicine and developed an interest in women's health while in medical school," Frazier said. "I believe I will enjoy my work because it's a happy specialty. It's such a privilege to be present at a child's birth."

Frazier, a native of Connecticut and the oldest of six children in her family, will care for patients from their teen years to the post-menopausal years. She will see patients at the group's Third Street office and also perform surgeries at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. In addition, Frazier and the other physicians in the practice will provide services at an outpatient clinic at Liberty Family Medical Center, beginning later this month.

Frazier said she worked in Danville while completing her residency and was impressed with the community.

"It's a nice community, and I wanted to join a practice with experienced providers that I could learn from," she said.

With the addition of Alvarado and Frazier to the medical staff, the community now has seven physicians - three of whom are women - providing obstetrical and gynecological services. Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center delivers about 900 babies each year.

Dr. Jonathan M. Doty

Doty has joined the practice of Dr. John Hignight at 120 Daniel Drive in Danville, and began seeing patients July 19.

He received his medical degree in 1999 from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed an internship at the UK Albert Chandler Medical Center in Lexington from 1999 to 2000 and a residency there from 2000 to 2004. He lives in Danville with his wife, Allison, and their children: Katharine, who is 5, and Alexander, who is 2 1/2.

Doty, who grew up in Idaho and also lived in Oregon and California, said he is enjoying Danville as his new residence.

"Danville is one of the cities that is highly sought after to live in," he said. "The people are friendly here and the weather is nice. It's a great place to raise kids."

Doty said he became acquainted with Hignight during his residency training, and is pleased at the opportunity to join his practice as Hignight maintains a good reputation in the residency program as a qualified, experienced physician.

As an otolaryngologist, Doty specializes in disorders of the head and neck, especially those related to the ear, nose and throat. His cases will include tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies, control of nosebleeds, treatment of acute and chronic ear infections, sinus surgery, sleep apnea and rhinoplasty surgery.

"I have had very good training in endoscopic sinus surgery and ear surgery, so much of my practice will encompass those areas," Doty said. "I am also experienced in head and neck cancer surgery and facial trauma."

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