Dr. Robert Westling has joined the medical team at Humboldt General Hospital.
The family practice physician will split his time between his own medical
clinic and the Walk-In Clinic, where he serves patients Thursday through Saturday.
It's a perfect setup for the doctor who says full spectrum family care
is his passion.
"I love solving mysteries," said Dr. Westling. "I want to
help my patients find out what's wrong and get them back to where
they need to be."
He continued, "It's a privilege to participate in the innermost
lives of so many different people. It's the chance to be a psychotherapist,
a hands-on surgeon, and to be able to rationally solve problems. That's
why I like being a family physician."
Dr. Westling arrived at the medical profession over the course of many
years and many studies. He originally studied religion with the intent
to become a monk. He wanted to find truth through God, but he also had
an excellent aptitude for science, and reveled in rational discovery.
"So I wrestled with these contending inclinations, all the while traveling
Mexico, Central and South America, and going to more and more school (16
years in the end)."
Dr. Westling said that's when his parents and friends kindly said,
"Enough is enough," prodding him to make a decision and choose
his life's direction.
Dr. Westling said he had paid for his many adventures through carpentry.
He came from a long line of carpenters and he enjoyed nailing, cutting
and shaping wood, and seeing plans become wood, stone, and concrete. But
he was also troubled by the condition of the people he had met in his travels.
"Their situation didn't seem just when compared to mine,"
he said, "so how could I go forward?"
That's when Dr. Westling focused on becoming a physician—a profession
where he could "do the most."
"I really believed I could blend all these together as a physician,"
he said. "Just like a general contractor, who is responsible for
bringing a whole project together, the family doctor brings together all
aspects of care—the specialists, the consults, tests and treatments—so
they fit together as a coherent whole."
He added, "I see the epitome of good health as autonomy, and that's
what I can help provide to my patients."
Dr. Westling says his welcome to Winnemucca has been warm and inviting.
"I've met some of the most interesting people in the short period
of time I've been here," he said.
He also loves his commute time: "5 minutes to everywhere." And
of course, as a Seattle native, he is enjoying the blue sky, sunshine
and open vista.
Dr. Westling said he has also enjoyed his time at Humboldt General Hospital.
"I am impressed at the quality of the staff, the well-ordered modern
clinic and hospital, and how friendly and helpful everybody has been," he said.
"There seems to be an air of innovation in the air here, meeting new
challenges with new ways of doing things, and I like that."
By his own admission, Dr. Westling loves staying busy. Still, in the little
spare time he has, he enjoys reading, photography and is looking forward
to hiking some of the local landscapes, like the Black Rock Desert.
He also enjoys spending time with his four children, including his youngest
daughter, who is still in high school and stayed behind in Las Vegas to
finish her senior year and continue playing for her league-leading soccer
team: The Heat.
His oldest son, Thomas, is in the Army Reserves and expects to be deployed
next spring. Thomas is currently training to be a medic, but plans to
eventually become a physician's assistant.
"He thinks this is much better way to be a healthcare provider than
to go through all the rigmarole to be a doctor, and having enormous student
loans to pay," said Dr. Westling. "I'm not sure he's
His oldest daughter, who dad says is very beautiful and photogenic, is
studying to be an elementary school teacher and learning to be an adult.
Dr. Westling's youngest son is living with him in Winnemucca and looking
for work. "He's intelligent, handsome and is good with tools,"
said Dr. Westling. "He's also a practical problem-solver. Anybody?"
Dr. Westling's clinic is located in Suite F of the hospital's new
medical office building, located at 118 E. Haskell Street in Winnemucca.
His medical office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Please call (775) 623-3575 to schedule
an appointment or for more information.
Dr. Westling also serves patients in the Walk-In Clinic, located in Suite
C of the hospital's new medical office building, from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.