NORTH CONWAY, NH – What started as a temporary work assignment has turned into a new adventure for Christi Wallace, M.D., who will permanently join the team at Memorial Hospital starting in July. After serving as an interim physician beginning last January, Dr. Wallace was impressed with the natural beauty and active lifestyle of Mount Washington Valley. After a visit with her family last month, she decided North Conway and surrounding community would be a great place to practice medicine and raise a family. She will be a primary care provider at the hospital’s Mount Washington Valley Rural Health - Primary Care practice starting this summer.
Chief Medical Officer Ray Rabideau, M.D. stated, “We knew right away when Christi joined us last winter that she was someone we would like to have for the long-term. She is a skilled clinician and very good with the patients and with the staff. We were delighted when we had the opportunity to have her join our medical staff permanently. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have her part of the team in Primary Care.”
Dr. Wallace agreed that it was a good fit. "“Over the last few months, It was great to work with Primary Care and get to know the employees and medical staff all around the hospital. I can’t wait to join the team.”
Dr. Wallace is Board Certified in Family Medicine and went to medical school at the Ross University School of Medicine, followed by her family medicine residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program in Northeastern Indiana. After working in urgent care and family medicine practices in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area, she is looking forward to moving her practice to Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Wallace will see patients of all ages, but holds a special place in her heart for children. “I love pediatrics. A third of my last practice was pediatrics. I even started a book program where kids got a book at each visit. The kids always looked forward to that,” she shared. During a recent interview, she was delighted to learn about a similar program here at Memorial with Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. She should prove to be a strong supporter of literacy in the practice.
Part of her service to children in her past experience was protecting children who were victims of domestic violence, working as a children’s advocate for two years at the Brewster Center for Domestic Violence in Tucson, AZ. “I worked in a confidential shelter with children that were living in abuse situations after first going through 40 hours of domestic violence training. I worked to increase self-esteem, social skills, and taught children ways to handle unsafe situation.”
Another area of interest for Dr. Wallace is providing care to the transgender population. She is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health since 2015 and has seven years of experience addressing trans health issues. “I first took care of a transgender patient during my residency and it remains a strong interest of mine. I helped develop a network of resources for them in the community,” she continued. She hopes to bring similar care here to Memorial.
Dr. Wallace’s undergraduate degree was a dual major in marketing and business, and she graduated first in her class. “I thought it was important to build a strong business background during my undergraduate studies, because that wouldn’t be something you would get in medical school. Being a doctor was always the plan for me, with an underpinning of a business degree.”
With personal interests ranging from baking to gardening to canning, Dr. Wallace shared that while she and husband Matt have the travel bug, with two young children, son Mattox age 6 and daughter Indigo age 3, their travels will remain close to home. Her mother-in-law also lives with them and together they will be moving to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
“This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Everywhere, people are outside. People are very active here year ‘round. I want to be active with my family outside. I got to try cross country skiing this winter and I loved it,” Wallace stated. Sounds like the start of a wonderful relationship.
For more information, call 603-356-5472, or go to www.memorialhospitalnh.org/primarycare.
About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women's health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.