Great outdoors draws two great physicians
The Arbor Health medical staff will be gaining two new primary care physicians this summer—and we have our wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities to thank for bringing them to us. These two fine doctors could have gone just about anywhere, but they were already fans of this beautiful land we call home, and they are looking forward to calling it by the same name.
Victoria Acosta, DO
Dr. Acosta found just what she was searching for in Arbor Health's Mossyrock Clinic and Morton Hospital. Upon completing her family medicine residency, she was looking for a small- to medium-sized medical group in Washington state.
Originally from Walla Walla, she is a fan of the outdoor recreation opportunities that East Lewis County offers—hiking, biking and kayaking. "I'm super excited to move to what I consider to be one of the most beautiful places in the world," Dr. Acosta says. "I am honored to serve a small community like the one I grew up in, and I hope to provide compassionate medical care to people of all walks of life who need it. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the community."
Dr. Acosta is currently working at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma while she completes her three-year residency through Community Health Care, currently as chief resident. She graduated from Pacific Northwest University of Health Science in 2018.
Dr. Acosta tells of her interest in wilderness medicine, which is essentially being an outdoor recreation first responder—a great fit for her because of her love for the outdoors. That's where she says we'll find her on her days off—hiking around Mount Rainier or kayaking on Riffe Lake–when she's not doing random projects around her house.
Dr. Acosta will start taking appointments at the Mossyrock Clinic in August. She will be working in the full scope of family medicine with a special interest in women's health and pediatrics.
"But I went into family medicine because I love it all," she says.
Travis Podbilski, DO
When Dr. Podbilski joins the medical staff at Arbor Health's Randle Clinic and Morton Hospital in July, he might be a new face to his co-workers, but this area will certainly not be new to him. East Lewis County is one of his favorite recreation locations, especially for hiking and camping in the Randle area.
Dr. Podbilski is a U.S. Army veteran originally from North Dakota. It was the armed services that first brought him to Washington state when he was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma in 2006.
An adventure seeker
Dr. Podbilski could be described as an adventure seeker. He enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking, obstacle and mud runs—and he has served on three combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan. At 30 years old, after serving 10 years in the military, he decided to take on a whole new adventure by pursuing a new career. He initially started his undergraduate studies with the intention of going into education—but his love of science pulled him into the medical field. Upon graduating with a degree in biology, he enrolled in the Pacific Northwest University of Health Science, graduating as a doctor of osteopathic medicine in 2018.
Since then, he has been completing a three-year family medical residency in Tacoma, where he has served as chief resident after having been Resident of the Year at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
Dr. Podbilski performs the full spectrum of family medicine, from pediatrics to geriatrics, including women's health. He enjoys a mix of inpatient and outpatient clinic work.
"I just want to help people live happy, healthy lives," he says. "The reason I went into family medicine is because you get to do everything, and you get to meet people in the beginning and help them figure out how to be happy and healthy."
Citing metabolic syndrome and diabetes as examples of where he can have influence, Dr. Podbilski says he likes "to make an impact and intervene when I'm able to make a difference."
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