Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Courtney Jones.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. My love of science started early, but my real interest in medicine began when I volunteered as a ski patroller at a local ski resort. My role as a ski patroller involved stabilizing and evacuating injured skiers and snowboarders from the mountain. I often treated children and adolescents who were there with their school groups. I not only enjoyed the medicine part of my job, but also the human connections I made. After graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in biology, I made my way to the city of Philadelphia, where I earned my medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Residency at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital brought me to California, and I traded snow for the beach. Following the completion of my pediatric residency program, I joined a large group practice in Orange County. I started my solo pediatrics practice about 5 years ago. At the time, I had just given birth to my second child and was looking for a better way to balance my professional and personal life. I envisioned a pediatrics practice that felt like a small-town doctor’s office where the doctor and the staff knew everyone by name. I wanted to be able to see patients from the day they were born in the hospital until they went off to college as young adults. I also wanted to provide patients with holistic health advice.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My role as a pediatrician and treating patients sometimes seems like the easiest part of my job! As the owner of a medical practice, I also get to be the IT specialist, the HR department, the billing department, and so on. As a solo pediatrician, it is also sometimes challenging to coordinate my schedule, especially when taking care of newborn patients at four different hospitals. COVID threw my practice a curveball; I had to quickly implement changes for patient safety, including offering telemedicine appointments and separate scheduling for well and sick patients. Sourcing supplies such as masks, especially early on in the pandemic, was challenging. As a small practice with small orders, I still have difficulty finding certain items from my suppliers.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Courtney Jones, D.O., An Osteopathic Corporation?
My name is Dr. Courtney Jones, and I own a solo pediatrics practice located in Mission Viejo. The goal of my practice is to provide holistic health care. As an osteopathic physician, I believe that we are most healthy when our body, mind, and spirit are all in balance. When treating patients, I strive to address this principle. I never turn patients or their families away if they choose an alternative path for healthcare, including vaccinations. I encourage discussion with their questions, but I maintain that my advice is based on the best information that science has to offer. I have a special interest in providing parents with good education and support of breastfeeding, nutrition, and early childhood development. I love that I get to know all the patients and their parents well and watch their families grow. I am also fortunate to serve a clinical preceptor for medical students and nurse practitioner students.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I would love to connect with local obstetricians and midwives to provide education and resources for parents-to-be. I offer prenatal consultation for soon-to-be parents to discuss what to expect once their baby is born. I would also love to connect with a group of like-minded health practitioners in other areas of medicine.
- Website: drcourtneyjones.com