By Dr. Vic Avramenko | Family Physician | INcare | MEDICAL
Dr. Vic Avramenko was destined to be a physician – at least according to his grandfather. When he was born, his grandfather looked at him and based on an old wives’ tale, proclaimed he would become a doctor. Yet as a child, Dr. Vic wasn’t interested in being a doctor; he wanted to become a scientist. The course of his life changed abruptly at the age of 12 when he survived a near-death experience.
He had an accident while out tobogganing and ruptured his spleen. This was before paramedics were available, though fortunately his family doctor lived just a few blocks away. The doctor happened to be home and raced over to the accident scene. Recognizing the situation was critical, he coordinated everything, including ensuring the operating room was ready for Vic upon his arrival at hospital. The quick response and reaction by the doctor saved the young boy’s life and altered its course.
“I decided then to become a physician; not because of what my grandfather had said but because I believed I had a debt to repay.”
“The following week after my accident another young fellow the same age as me ruptured his spleen and died. It was the exact same injury as me but had a tragic outcome. I felt incredibly lucky. I decided then to become a physician; not because of what my grandfather had said but because I believed I had a debt to repay.”
“After practicing rural medicine for about 30 years, I grew increasingly frustrated. I felt like I was on a hamster wheel. I wasn’t able to spend enough time with patients and struggled to feel I was making a difference in people’s lives. I thought perhaps it was time to retire. Then INLIV approached me to join them. The quality of care we are able to provide at INLIV is how I believe medicine should be practiced. INLIV has made the practice of medicine fun again!”
“The quality of care we are able to provide at INLIV is how I believe medicine should be practiced. INLIV has made the practice of medicine fun again!”
INLIV’s core purpose is to inspire amazing lives for our clients and our team, and Dr. Vic Avramenko embraces that philosophy. “With the belief system at INLIV and the support from the team, I’m finally able to have balance in my life. For years I’d speak with my patients about the importance of healthy work/life balance, yet I wasn’t following my own advice. Then I had two friends that had heart attacks and realized it could have been me. Joining INLIV has allowed me to give focused care and attention to my patients – and to myself.”
In his time away from the office, Dr. Vic enjoys golfing, traveling, working on his acreage and spending time with his family, including his grandchildren. He spends time at the office with his family, too, as his daughter Vanessa has joined the INLIV team, working as a medical care coordinator.
Dr. Vic Avramenko graduated from the University of Alberta as an MD with Distinction and did his family medicine residency at Foothills Hospital. He has worked in Calgary, Chestermere, Rockyview and Drumheller, and has volunteered his time serving on several boards, working with the Boy Scouts, and was team doctor for the UFA Bisons Midget AAA hockey club. He joined INLIV as a physician with our Total Health Management program in 2013 and is a great asset to our team.
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