New doctor at OMC enjoys variety, small town atmosphere in SV

Dr. Cory Boyce, outside the doors of Spring Valley’s Olmsted Medical Center, has found the community very welcoming. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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It turned out that people, not math, added up for Dr. Cory Boyce, who joined Spring Valley’s Olmsted Medical Center branch clinic on Aug. 13,

“I was going to be…in school, I excelled in math, and I was actually going to be an accountant,” said Boyce, “and my first semester of college, I took accounting. I realized that I couldn’t sit there all day long.”

He talked to his mother, who was a nurse, and she suggested that he talk to her boss. 

“He talked me into taking premed classes, and I really liked it,” said Boyce. “I did all premed and medical classes, and I love that there’s lots of people and interaction.  I haven’t ever regretted that decision.” 

Nor has he regretted finishing school in Canada and moving south to southeastern Minnesota to start his career.  He’s originally from Canada, but he moved to the United States a year after he finished his education.  Initially, he moved to Austin, although he also briefly worked in a small town in Wisconsin. 

“That’s part of the reason I ended up taking this job — the small-town setting,” he said. “I was in Albert Lea for 11 years, and I knew that if I left Albert Lea, it would be for a small town.  I worked at Mayo Clinic for a total of 18 years, between Austin and Albert Lea.  This has worked out well.  I just got here two months ago.”

Boyce lives in Albert Lea with his wife and three daughters, so he’s commuting 50 miles every day to and from the clinic to serve in family medicine.

“I thought I wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon, but I changed my mind because there was not enough variety in orthopedics,” he said. “I like variety, and my liking this worked out well.  I’m interested in all aspects of what I do, but this community worked out well because of the geriatric needs.” 

He cited that he particularly enjoys treating senior patients — which is helpful, given that he’s the doctor serving the entire Spring Valley Care Center nursing home — and that he likes hearing the stories that his patients of all ages have to tell about their lives here. 

“I think it’s the interaction with people.  The thing that I didn’t realize that blows me away is the amount of hours that I have to spend doing non-patient work.  I’ll be doing paperwork and things an hour or two a day.  It’s a necessary evil of the job, and even when I’ve had students follow me, they’ve said that they had no idea that it was so much more than treating patients,” said Boyce.

Paperwork and charting have certainly seemed secondary to Boyce upon his arrival in Spring Valley, as he’s been welcomed by the community with great enthusiasm, in part due to the local clinic’s recent turnover of medical providers after nearly two decades of stability. 

“It’s a little overwhelming because I’ve never felt more welcomed starting a new job.  Even now, people are still thanking me on a regular basis for coming to Spring Valley,” he said. “There are still things that surprise me -- I work at the nursing home, and they’re thankful that I’m helping them there.  Everyone’s been great to work with.  It’s a very friendly town.  The thing about this clinic is that the staff truly genuinely cares above and beyond what I’ve ever seen.”

Boyce hopes to contribute to that caring atmosphere by giving his best each and every day as he said his goal is always to just provide the best healthcare he can. 

“I’m a very driven person, and I truly very much enjoy what I do,” said Boyce. “I really truly do care about doing the best I can for everyone.” 

Additionally, he’s excited to have a predictable schedule, as previously, he’d been assigned to urgent care clinics that required that he be available nights and weekends. The drive from Albert Lea is the only negative here, he noted, although he pointed out there are many positives, including no more nights and weekends, which had been a constant his entire career.

In his spare time, he’s most often found keeping up with his very busy family, which consists of his wife and children.  The kids are the main focus when he’s not at the clinic, although the family includes four dogs – three boxers and a mastiff. He and his wife also like to bicycle a lot in the summer.