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Willits Son Returns Home as Orthopedic Surgeon


Willits, CA – In 1999 Jeremiah Dawson left Little Lake Valley and headed to the University of California at Santa Barbara to pursue a degree in biological sciences. During this time he found his life partner, soul mate and now wife – Kristin. After doing some soul searching on the sunny beaches of Southern California – at his wife’s urging and his own innate desire, Jeremiah decided to enroll in medical school and attended the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.

Upon completing medical school Jeremiah Dawson, M.D., headed for the Midwest to attend the University of Iowa orthopaedics program. “The University of Iowa has a world renowned orthopaedics program,” said Dr. Dawson, who continued, “In fact it just celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. I really enjoyed my time in Iowa which is where I started my family and my two beautiful children, Violet and Clark were born. I will always cherish the memories and friendships I made there, although I will not miss the subzero winter temperatures.”

Reflecting back on what had prepared him for the challenges of life Dr. Dawson said, “Many things helped make me who I am today. I grew up on a hobby ranch and was the youngest of five older siblings. My chores included taking care of our horses, 15-20 head of cattle, as many as 60 sheep and plenty of poultry. I was active in 4-H since I was 5 years old, and really owe it to them for my lack of fear of public speaking and large animals! I wrestled since the sixth grade, played football, swimming, cross country, and have always tried to stay active. I really am grateful to the Willits community for who I am today. Returning home is my way of giving back.”

As far as his parents were concerned, “You know I really wasn’t too surprised when Jeremiah decided to go into medicine. He has always enjoyed the sciences and spent a lot of time doctoring animals growing up. When he decided to specialize in orthopedics and spent time with Dr. Bowen, his father and I hoped he would come home to practice. All I can say is we’re delighted that Jeremiah decided to come home,” said his mother Carol.

Likewise, his father Tedd Dawson, M.D., general surgeon, who has been practicing in the Willits community for 36 years, said, “I’m very proud of my son’s [Jeremiah] accomplishments and am pleased that he is returning here to Willits and Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) to practice orthopedics with Dr. Bowen and Dr. Linthicum. I know my son will build a great reputation and I look forward to working with him in the operating room.”

President and CEO of HMH, Rick Bockmann, also voiced his enthusiasm for Dr. Dawson’s return to Willits. “This is truly exciting news for our community. When I heard that Dr. Jeremiah Dawson may be returning home to practice orthopedics – excited was an understatement, I was thrilled. With our new state-of-the-art Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital opening later this year it will be a great opportunity for Dr. Jeremiah Dawson to begin his legacy of caring for our community as his father, Dr. Tedd Dawson has done for the past 36 years, and Dr. Bowen, whose practice he is joining.”

As a general orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dawson specializes in total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder, shoulder and knee arthroscopy – minimally invasive technique to treat joint damage and repair rotator cuff and meniscal tears, orthopedic trauma, as well as basic hand procedures including carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel. His office is located at 84 Madrone Street in Willits. To schedule an appointment please call (707) 459-6855.


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