Anything Is Possible, Just Ask Dr. Cynthia Dott
By Cynthia Dott, DO
Methodist Urgent Care – Grand Prairie
Some people know from a very early age exactly what they want to be when they grow up. I was lucky enough to be one of those people. From the time I was in elementary school and wrote “My Life Story,” I saw myself as a nurse or a doctor. While my vision was clear, little did I know that so many paths would keep leading to Methodist Health System and its affiliated organizations.
For starters, I was born at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in 1953. I grew up in Oak Cliff where my dad had an automotive repair shop and my mom was a homemaker and a seamstress. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I attended Dallas Baptist University on a music scholarship but soon found myself attracted to the nursing program that was associated with Methodist Dallas. I graduated in 1974 with my BS/RN and a minor in music. My first nursing job was as a student in the St. Paul Hospital emergency department. After working there several years, I wanted to learn more so I went back to school at Texas Woman’s University where I worked toward master’s degree in nursing.
Even though I was proud of my accomplishment, what I soon realized is that this path led me to nursing management — which meant that I wasn’t spending time at the bedside. I missed patient interaction.
Fortunately, I was surrounded with great physicians who encouraged me to reach for the sky and go to medical school. Nursing gave me the strength and confidence to apply to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. I was accepted, and in 1984 I graduated with my Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine.
After practicing for several years, once again I was drawn back to Methodist. One day I drove by the Methodist Urgent Care clinic in Richardson shortly after it opened. I lived close by and was looking for a change in my career. I stopped in, met the staff — one of whom I knew — and applied. Just like that, Methodist was back in my life. Today, I work at the Inwood Village, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield locations, which are owned and operated by Methodist Medical Group, a physician organization affiliated with Methodist. It’s a great fit for me since I was looking for an opportunity to work in a comfortable, familiar environment. I have a good support staff, flexible hours, and nice benefits.
I believe that anything is possible — you just have to believe in yourself. Like the song says, I did it my way. I always wanted to be a nurse or a doctor, and I have enjoyed and benefited from both.
What’s my greatest reward? It’s been to care for my many patients over the years. Nothing is more rewarding than that.
I’m thrilled to see Methodist Medical Group’s vision for providing quality care in the neighborhoods it serves continue to expand with the opening of the $14 million Methodist Convenient Care Campus in Grand Prairie. The 31,000-square-foot facility includes a Methodist Urgent Care center, a Methodist Family Health Center, and specialist physician offices. Did you know that more than 150 physicians and advanced practice clinicians have joined Methodist Medical Group at 35 locations in North Texas? Just like the communities we serve, these physician practices will continue to expand and make progress. Wouldn’t you like your physician practice to do the same?
If you’re ready to join one of the largest provider organizations in North Texas, start here: Jobs.MethodistHealthSystem.org/lp/mmg-lp/. We look forward to meeting you.
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Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals. Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups are owned and operated by MedHealth/Methodist Medical Group and are staffed by independently practicing physicians who are employees of MedHealth/Methodist Medical Group. The physicians and staff who provide services at these sites are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals. Methodist Urgent Care is an independent legal entity separate from Methodist Health System and its affiliated hospitals. The physicians and other personnel providing care at the Methodist Urgent Care locations are employed by or independent contractors of MedHealth/Methodist Medical Group and are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals. Methodist Convenient Care Campus is an assumed name of Pavilion Properties, a Texas nonprofit corporation, and is established for the purpose of leasing space for medical offices and facilities to healthcare providers. The physicians and staff who provide services at the Methodist Convenient Care Campus are not employees or agents of Pavilion Properties, Methodist Health System, or any of its affiliated hospitals.