Dr. Dawn laughs with husband and partner, Dr. Craig.
I grew up on a small farm in Plant City Florida surrounded by strawberry fields and orange groves. My first pets were a little black calf with a straw hat and a pig named Corky. I kept waiting for my spiders to write messages in their webs but … anyway, I’m still looking!
I became a Gator and pretty much stayed in Gainesville for the next 30 years where I completed medical school, an Internal Medicine residency and then after a spending some time in Chapel Hill, I finished pediatric training and came back to join the faculty of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine and Internal Medicine where I was blessed with the best patients I could ever imagine serving. My patients taught me that there was way more to their lives than their illness. I saw their struggles too and those of their loved ones: parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. For many years I dreamed of creating a place where kids and parents with serious illness could just rest and maybe work or play in nature for a while; where they could get away from the worries and stresses that sometimes consumed their lives. Time for a little rest, fun, still time to just be together could mean so much to them. I always dreamed this would be a farm but instead it turned out to be The Still Place in the magical forests of the Tusquittee Valley, North Carolina, where the legend of the Cherokee said “ the waterdog laughed.” Come listen for yourself one day.
Currently, I work as a traveling doctor in two roles. I work as a Hospitalist, taking care of sick adults in the hospital and as a Hospice and Palliative Care physician traveling the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina caring for patients in their homes; it’s my greatest privilege.
For fun? In the summer I love to garden, hike, white water raft (in between home visits on the best days!) and play in the Lake and Creek. (Hey, maybe I have a little waterdog in me?) I have a farm in Florida where I raise Crack Angus, free range cattle and lavender. I absolutely love to visit on porches, sew quilts, knit, cook for lots of people, shop for antiques (junky ones) and play with children. I still like make believe. Lately I enjoy restoring vintage campers with Dr. Craig and my friend Harry Su.
Rest, Renewal and Re-creation
Rest, Renewal and Re-creation for families affected by serious illness