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Pediatrician brings philosophical approach to Grants Pass children

Pediatrician brings philosophical approach to Grants Pass children

Grants Pass—“The essence of a human being is not in the material form,” says Kevin Molteni, MD. “It’s also in the divine light within, the universal light that interpenetrates all creation.

“Everything is deeply interwoven, infinitely interdependent,” says the Grants Pass Clinic pediatrician. “The essence of a human being is not in the material form. If we're so busy, so focused on the material, we can lose the essence of what we are.”

Dr. Molteni brings a philosophical approach to living. It’s why he loves living in southern Oregon at the foot of a hill that’s not likely to be developed, and why he enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, bicycling, canoeing, playing with the dogs and tending to things that grow outdoors, including organic chickens. To experience and interact with the multitude of things, both living and inanimate, that are deeply interwoven.

I deeply enjoy being outdoors,” he says. “If I could set up an exam table outside, I'd do that.”

So he uses an exam table in a more conventional setting. But he brings his philosophy inside with him.

“The bottom line for well-being to me is to not being fearful, although that just scratches the surface.” Dr. Molteni says.

“Coming to the doctor can be a frightening thing, and if I can turn that around, that's what I'd like to do. I can just leave my door open and all are welcome."

It is what brought him to pediatrics, where he feels reducing fear can make a big difference.

“I view my role in medicine as a healer and a steward of resources,” Dr. Molteni says. “I wanted to do the most good with what I had.

“As a young adult becoming a doctor, I had limited ability to steer the choices of adults in terms of lifestyle. I found it more effective to work with children and young parents, to have a greater influence on them and on the things they do in life that affect their health.”

He’s happy to be involved in health care reform at this time. He’s happy to work in Oregon, where children have near universal access to health care.

And that makes things a little less frightening, too.