- 19 November 2013
- John Young
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- 03 October 2013
- Portneuf Medical Center
Kate Preston, MD, Portneuf Medical Center’s newest addition to the general surgery team, grew up in Lafayette, LA where she learned to enjoy the finer things in a Cajun girl’s life like boiled crawfish, fried shrimp poboys and Mardi Gras . As a youth, she attended a small school, the Episcopal School of Acadiana, located in the middle of the cane fields in Cade, LA. Her graduating class consisted of about 45 students and since graduation they have all remained very close.
Her path toward medicine began one weekend during high school, when Dr. Preston was caring for her riding instructors’ horses. She noticed that one of the horses was colicking and she called the veterinarian out to the barn. “We got to talking, and she asked me about my plans for the future,” Dr. Preston said. “I told her I was either going to be become a veterinarian or a doctor. She quickly encouraged me to become a doctor instead of a vet and here I am today.”
Along with her encounter with the vet, her dad, an anesthesiologist, certainly was an inspirational figure in her chosen career path. Preston was exposed to medicine when she worked at a surgery center in Lafayette. Although her dad was eager to teach her about anesthesiology, she admits she was always more interested in watching the surgeons at work. Even as she began medical school, she knew surgery was the right choice for her.
Dr. Kate Preston is a board-eligible general and breast surgeon. She attended medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans and completed residency in Phoenix, AZ at the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program, which is a Level I Trauma Center and provides excellent general surgery training. She was offered a position at a well-respected general surgical practice in Phoenix, AZ, but fell in love with the idea of moving to Pocatello where she could get involved with the community and get to know her patients on a personal level. While interested in treating breast issues, she is skilled in all aspects of general surgery.
“It is exciting to know that a patient can come in with a problem, and with the help of the surgical team, they are able to leave healthy,” Preston said. Overall, surgeons are people who find it extremely rewarding to act and see the impact of their actions on behalf of their patients. A good surgeon is able to see immediate results and can measure personal success and accomplishment through the improved life of a patient and the skill of the surgical team. “Although there were some who tried to discourage me from becoming a surgeon because they perceived I was ‘too nice,’ both my parents and many of my colleagues were very supportive as I embraced my choice to pursue a surgical residency.”
While veterinary school was not in the cards for Preston, her love of horses remains very strong. “When I was seven, I joined an organization called the United States Pony Club and began competing in eventing,” Preston said. “Evening is composed of three elements, dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping. I competed on the equestrian team in college at Louisiana State University and rode in a few competitions during medical school. I am now excited to live in Pocatello where I can enjoy riding in our beautiful town.”
Recently, she has taken to the sport of sprint triathlons. She was inspired by those of all sizes and shapes who participate in the races and who do so with broad smiles and warm hearts. In her second sprint triathlon last year, she placed second.
While congratulations are in order for her sprint triathlon accomplishment, perhaps she and her husband, Nate, have more to celebrate. After completing her surgical residency in June, the couple took a trip to Italy and Greece.
“We loved experiencing the culture and eating the wonderful cuisine,” Dr. Preston said. “Perhaps the most unexpected surprise came when we were in Rome. We found out we were expecting our first child. While definitely a surprise, we are thrilled. Pocatello is going to be a wonderful place to raise a family ”
Now that they are here and settling into Pocatello, Dr. Preston and her husband look forward to showing her family around Pocatello and the surrounding area this Thanksgiving.