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    Kathy Corby

    Kathy Corby, M.D.

    Urgent Care

    (Board Certified in Family Medicine)

    Offers My Health Online

    Santa Cruz Center
    2025 Soquel Avenue
    2nd Floor
    Santa Cruz, California 95062
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    (831) 458-5537  F (831) 423-1264
    Westside Center
    1301 Mission Street
    1st Floor
    Santa Cruz, California 95060
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    (831) 458-6310 

    Additional Information

    Emergency Medicine and the role of technology in medicine.

    Spoken Languages

    French (Very Good)
    Spanish (Excellent)

    Personal Interests

    Dr. Corby enjoys working with glass and jewelry making. She has a four children and three grandchildren.

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    Philosophy of Care

    I was born in the Midwest, in a time and place very far from Santa Cruz. I grew up devout and studious, married young, and was the mother of two children before I came West to Stanford Medical School, as the token Kansas housewife of the class of 1977.

    I chose Family Practice as a specialty because it affirmed what I think is important: family, community, and the sacredness of ordinary life and lives. Medicine is not my job. It is my calling. I have been a doctor almost my entire adult life. Through the window on the human condition opened to me by my profession, I have learned nearly all I know of courage, of suffering, of pain, of fear, of devotion, of hope, of fallibility and of transcendence.

    My patients are not my customers, for I sell them nothing. They are my teachers and my companions on the journey, as much my benefactors as my beneficiaries. They bring me their stories to ponder, their dilemmas to solve, their pain to relieve, and, very, very rarely, their lives to save. When it falls out that I succeed in any of the challenges that they present to me, I am grateful to them. And though I understand that the magic of insurance billing and claim submission, as filtered through personnel and payroll departments, ultimately generates the paycheck that supports me and the people I love, still it seems very far from what happens behind the closed door of the consulting room. There, what I do becomes what I love and who I am, and my patient s need creates and calls these into being.

    I believe that doctors should listen to their patients, because the patients are trying to tell them what is wrong. I believe that almost every patient speaks the truth as he or she understands it, and that the few who do not are more in need that those that do. I believe that each patient deserves my complete attention and my best efforts. I understand that my medical education and the lifetime of learning that has succeeded it were provided to me at a cost far, far beyond what I paid for them, and that it is my duty and honor to spend my time and effort in repayment. I think what I do is fun and exciting, and that the people who do it with me are worthy and devoted, and that I am lucky.

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