Dr. Andy Gray celebrates over 20 years of practicing medicine; call for convenient care
The path to becoming a doctor is usually fairly direct – graduate high school, get a chemistry or biology undergraduate degree and continue to medical school. After medical school and residency, you begin a career at age 26 or 28, depending on your specialty.
Or, you can be the foreman for three ranches in Brewster County, Texas, with degrees from Texas Christian University in Ranch Management and Business Administration and decide at age 28 that medicine is your true calling. That’s what Dr. Andy Gray did.
When asked how and why he went from ranching to medicine, Dr. Gray responds, “On the ranch, you’re fairly isolated. Some days, you have to be rancher, fireman, veterinarian, and doctor, all in one.”
Dr. Gray’s interest in medicine was established early, long before he was 28-years-old. As a child, he cared for a variety of pet animals found injured on his parents’ ranch.
“When people heard that I was going into medicine, most assumed it would be veterinary,” says Dr. Gray.
He furthered his interest by becoming a certified EMT and fireman with the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department. In that remote area of the country, medicine was still the “horse and buggy” style – your physician knew you by name and saw you at the grocery store, tended to your entire family, and made house calls. He decided to go from managing cowboys to meeting their medical needs.
Dr. Gray attended Texas A&M, pursuing a science degree and during that time, helping to develop the Texas A&M ambulance service on campus. He attended medical school at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and completed an Internal Medicine internship in St. Louis. Upon completion, he decided that he really wanted to take care of families, like the doctors he knew in Alpine. He chose to do a residency in Family Medicine, returning to Lubbock and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center under the direction of Dr. Barry Squires. Dr. Gray says his return to West Texas was inspired by its people. He appreciated West Texans and their perspective on life and community, and it felt like a place where a family-centered practice would be most fulfilling.
Dr. Gray started with a solo practice, but soon developed a group practice. In 1993, he and the group joined St. Mary Medical Group, where his practice grew to more than 7,200 patients. While Dr. Gray loved the diversity of medicine, he still missed the style of practice he had found in his hometown.
In 2004, he and his wife Jane made the bold decision to leave group practice and start a Concierge Medicine Practice, where patient numbers would be limited to 500 and there would be more time to spend getting to know and care for each one.
Now in its eighth year, patients are discovering that they can find a medical home with Dr. Andy Gray’s concierge practice.
“I’ve been blessed to be able to do so many different things in my life, and all of those experiences have made me the person and the doctor I am today,” says Dr. Gray.
To learn more about Dr. Gray or his unique practice, contact his office at (806) 785-0600 or visit www.preferredmd.net.