Message From Dr. Matney
I am very grateful to this community for the privilege and opportunity to have been entrusted with the healthcare of tens of thousands of High Desert children over the many years since I first started my practice in 1992. I have a great staff that I love working with, who have all been with me a long time– so long in fact, that we now get many “second generation” patients being brought in by moms and dads who used to be our patients when they were kids themselves. That sometimes makes us feel a little old, but it is very rewarding. We all take great satisfaction and pride in the high level of professional and efficient medical care that we are able to provide to so many people, while still being able to maintain a personalized and caring extra-mile service for our great patients and their families.
I always wanted to become a doctor from the time I was about five years old, probably because I had older siblings that were already nurses and doctors who I looked up to as role models. I did well in school, especially in science, and I was able to achieve that goal. When I got to medical school, I found taking care of babies and children much more interesting and far more rewarding than working with adult patients, and pediatrics was simply a much better fit for my personality. At heart, I am basically a pretty fun-loving and easy-going person, and when you deal with kids, you don’t get to take yourself too seriously for too long.
In the age of the internet and social media, there is far more “opinion” out there than science. Dr. Google is full of paid and often deceptive stealth advertising, and every anonymous stranger on Facebook and Instagram wants you to know how much smarter and better they are than you, and how you are probably doing something wrong. Young parents get overwhelmed and confused.