Pet Goats & Pap Smears

By Pamela Wible, M.D.

America's leading voice for ideal medical care.

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Praise for Pet Goats & Pap Smears

“Meet a doctor with a dream. Without marching, picketing, or waiting for legislation, she inspires a grassroots movement to restore humanity to health care. This book shows how one doctor can change the world of medicine. Dr. Pamela Wible is medicine’s Martin Luther King.”

~ Neil Shulman, M.D., author and associate producer of Doc Hollywood

“Medicine must focus on people, not just diagnoses. Dr. Wible’s stories help patients and physicians reconnect as human beings and heal one another.”

~ Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and Faith, Hope & Healing

“Pamela Wible captures moments from her medical practice that make you wish—as a patient—that she was your doctor. And as a doctor, that you had her practice. There is a joy, a pleasure, in the practice of medicine that all doctors know, but few live the way Dr. Wible does.”

~ Lisa Sanders, M.D., author of Every Patient Tells a Story, New York Times Magazine columnist, and technical advisor to House, M.D

“Dr. Wible changes our profession’s national conversation from misery to joy, from despair to hope as she describes building her dream clinic. This book has challenges and lessons for all.”

~ L. Gordon Moore, M.D., president of Ideal Medical Practices

“I laughed and cried while reading these stories in between patients.”

~ Adolfo E. Teran, M.D., medical director of Orange Doc Family Medicine

“Dr. Wible’s book is addictive. Rarely does one get to see the human heart and soul expressed so beautifully in one’s job. A must-read for all medical students, physicians, and patients.”

~ Mark J. McGinley, M.D., medical director of Wyoming Medical Center ICU

“My eight-year-old son—barely a reader and hardly a writer—asks, ‘What are you reading?’ I reply, ‘Pamela Wible’s book.’ He exclaims, ‘Wow, she wrote a book?’ Later, he announces, ‘I’m going to write my life story.’ Not only has Dr. Wible started a movement to counter quick-fix, impersonal, and institutionalized medicine, but she has also inspired me to open my own clinic and my son to write his memoir!”

~ Angela Heithaus, M.D., self-employed in Seattle

“Not your usual, boring medical book. Freaky, a little weird, and very educational.”

~ Julian Safar, high school student in Oregon

“A joyful read that touches the soul, Pet Goats & Pap Smears made me laugh, smile, and hold my heart. Dr. Wible is a true healer.”

~ Anandhi Mandi, M.D., founder of Dr. Mandi’s Integrative Pediatrics

“Hallelujah! A book that celebrates the honored tradition of the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Pamela Wible shares intimate moments with patients that will make you smile and feel reassured that warm, caring, and passionate doctors still exist.”

~ Amy Solomon, M.D., founder of Balance Health of Ben Lomond

“Dr. Pamela Wible is a visionary and a storyteller. Pet Goats & Pap Smears is the perfect combination of quirky, heartwarming, and hilarious.”

~ Leila Ali-Akbarian, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, University of Arizona
Department of Family Medicine

“Here’s an alternative to churn-and-burn primary care teams: jump off the hamster wheel and allow patients to create the clinic of their dreams.”

~ Kristin L. Oaks, D.O., founder of an ideal medical clinic in Ohio

“I was ready to quit medicine for a job as a Walmart greeter. Pet Goats & Pap Smears has rekindled my spirit and salvaged my career. This how-to-be-a-happy-healer handbook is the perfect gift for every doctor—and patient. Give a copy to your family doc! The life you save may save you.”

~ Tricia Williams, M.D., planning her practice in Pennsylvania

“I met Pamela at a conference she offered—at no cost to physicians—where she encouraged us to answer one question: ‘What is ideal health care?’ This question changed my life. I just resigned from my job to open my ideal clinic! I’m eternally grateful for Dr. Wible and her book. She helped me figure out how to bring joy back to my daily medical practice. I, in turn, vow to do whatever I can to help other physicians practice medicine with the love and joy she so selflessly shared with me. Pamela also found me a husband (or at least a good romance)!”

~ Sheila Kilbane, M.D., opening her ideal clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina

Pet Goats & Pap Smears takes you on a journey of the heart and brings love and laughter to a health system that is sorely lacking both. Pamela Wible’s inspiration will surely change the face of modern medicine. Imagine creating your ideal clinic! Why not? Pamela has given me the impetus to create my dream clinic in Albuquerque. Thank you Pamela!”

~ Sunil Pai, M.D., founder of Sanjevani Integrative Medicine Health & Lifestyle Center

“Whether it’s a speculum or a pet goat, one size does not fit all. Excellent health care meets patients where they are. May Pamela Wible continue to inspire us all!”

~ Myria Emeny, M.D., founder of Doc Myria’s Family Practice

“A tantalizing peek behind the primary-care curtain where all barriers between doctor and patient have come down.”

~ Lynn Ho, M.D., enjoying her ideal practice in Rhode Island

“Pamela Wible is one of the most inspiring, creative, and courageous physicians in America today. Her voice speaks to what is possible in the transformation of health care in the United States. Pet Goats & Pap Smears invites us to open our hearts and to reconnect with ourselves and the visions that led us to become healers in the first place. Dr. Wible shows us such a simple solution to the health care crisis: it’s called caring for people.”

~ Maxine Barish-Wreden, M.D., medical director of Sutter Center for
Integrative Holistic Medicine

“Here’s a book for doctors contemplating early retirement in the prime of their careers. Pet Goats & Pap Smears celebrates the sustainable, solo primary care practices that are popping up all over the country. Don’t retire. Join us! It is possible to live, laugh, and love medicine again.”

~ Lisa Quillin, M.D., founder of Quillin Family Medicine

“Want to change the world? Try peace, love, and pet goats.”

~ Jordan Dearon Wells, student at McNeese State University

“In this joyous and uplifting book, Dr. Wible captures the essence of the patient-physician relationship. This is how many physicians visualized themselves practicing medicine, but only a few hold on to the dream. A great read for everyone—and a must-read for every medical student.”

~ Alok Kalia, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics, University of Texas
Medical Branch-Galveston

“Thank you, Pamela, for reaffirming that I can LOVE practicing medicine. I can’t wait to share these stories with my classmates.”

~ Michael Latteri, medical student at Oregon Health & Science University

“What a joy! What an inspiration! Every one of our family medicine residents should take a heaping dose of Pet Goats & Pap Smears. This is good medicine for all that ails health care in the United States—and it’s just what the doctor ordered for happy healers everywhere!”

~ Dónal Kevin Gordon, M.D., program director of Cedar Rapids Family Medicine Residency

“Awesome. Hysterical. This book is #MedicalSwag.”

~ Haley Krouse, premedical student in Pennsylvania

“In today’s broken health care system, doctors have lost sight of what is most important: serving patients. Dr. Wible’s solution is powerful in its simplicity: rediscover the sacred doctor-patient relationship. I’m so inspired by her that I opened my own ideal clinic.”

~ Orestes Gutierrez, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine,
Western University of Health Science

“Pamela Wible is leading the charge against impersonal health care with a superb alternative: design your dream clinic. These delightful tales document exactly why she is wildly successful and how the rest of us can join her pioneering revolution for personalized and sane health care.”

~ Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure

“A breath of fresh air! In a health care system overtaken by protocols and checklists, Dr. Wible articulates the true art of medicine: it’s about cultivating relationships with patients. Physicians and medical students, take off your white coats and come down off that pedestal, for this is required reading!”

~ Dr. Jeffrey Gladd, M.D., founder of GladdMD Integrative Medicine

“I learned more in a few pages of this book than I did in my high school health class.”

~ Phebe Udo, student at University of Oregon

“I laughed, I cried, I dreamt. I always wanted to open a solo practice, but had many fears. Now I realize that all I need is the enthusiasm and patient-centered approach that Dr. Wible models in her vignettes. This book will reinvigorate readers who have let medicine beat them down. You can practice medicine the way you have always dreamed!”

~ Maya Porrino, M.D., graduate of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Pet Goats & Pap Smears is touching, funny, sad, and inspirational. As a former miserable doctor who has found happiness in a practice similar to Pamela’s, I can attest to the drastic need for THIS kind of health care reform—for both patients and doctors. Pamela Wible is a visionary who can help save us from ourselves. My prescription: read her book.”

~ Lonna Larsh, M.D., founder of Holistic Family Doctor

“Pamela Wible lovingly challenges physicians to offer the kind of medicine that most of us dreamed about when we entered medical school. She is not calling for more martyrs—she is calling for patients and physicians to experience more fun, joy, and happiness. Very, very, wholeheartedly inspiring.”

~ Lissa Lubinski, M.D., rural full-spectrum family physician and mother

“Dr. Wible is resuscitating our nearly dead medical profession with humor, love, and common sense!”

~ Jolaine Beal, M.D., M.P.H., dreaming of her ideal clinic in Berkeley

“An awesome way to learn about all the random things you want to know.”

~ Jamie Satterwhite, high school student in Oregon

“Wonderful stories! A front-row seat to the human drama through the eyes, ears, and heart of a healer and revolutionary—silly, profound, and a balm to the wounded soul of modern health care.”

~ John Glick, M.D., director of Gesundheit Institute Global Outreach

“A book of funny, sad, and inspiring stories of hope and encouragement, Pet Goats & Pap Smears stirs the emotions and provides optimism in a malfunctioning medical system. Why don’t doctors go into solo practice? With huge student loans and no salary guarantee, a corporate sellout of our souls is enticing. Thank you, Pamela, for bringing us back to the humanity of practicing medicine!”

~ Elaine Chu, M.D., author of What It Takes To Be Healthy

“Pamela’s writing has given me even more motivation and inspiration to become the excellent, caring doctor I’ve always wanted to be.”

~ Rachel Bigley, premedical student at University of California, Berkeley

Pet Goats & Pap Smears provides a genuine alternative vision for the practice and business of medicine. Dr. Wible’s view will resonate with every patient who has ever been frustrated by the self-serving side of American medicine. The wonderful two years I practiced with Dr. Wible confirm firsthand that she also has the skills to impress a traditional family physician like me.”

~ Michael R. Boyd, M.D., former president of Olympia Family Medicine

“In an effort to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered quality medical care, today’s average doc has forgotten to pay attention to the real evidence: the patient. Finally, it is Pamela Wible who is putting a stop to this health-care-delivery-system insanity.”

~ Aylin Ozdemir, M.D., F.A.A.P., founder of Dr. O Integrative Medical Centers,
Jacksonville, Florida

“Dr. Wible’s groundbreaking book digs into the truth-and-dare of her bold, grassroots movement to restore the patient-physician relationship. Honest, moving, and inspirational, Pet Goats & Pap Smears is a must-read for anyone who has ever given or received health care!”

~ Jennifer Griffin, M.D., founder of Integrative Family Medicine

“Pamela Wible is a rare find—a physician who has managed to hold on to her sense of humor, compassion, and feisty passion for healing. In Pet Goats & Pap Smears she reminds us of the potential for beauty and creativity in the physician-patient relationship.”

~ Lara Knudsen, M.D., M.P.H., author of Reproductive Rights in a Global Context

“Dr. Wible brings to life a real sampling of doctor-patient relationships that can only develop in small, caring practice settings.”

~ Ron Edwards, M.D., founder of Family Health Topeka in Kansas

“Pamela Wible is the kind of doctor I want to see. In Pet Goats & Pap Smears, you’ll experience how she touches patients not just with talented hands and mind, but with loving kindness and an open heart. Pamela is more than a doctor, she is a healer.”

~ Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D., author of The Dancing Healers and The Theft of the Spirit

“These stories capture the joy and sorrow we experience in the privileged and intimate role we play in our patients’ lives. True doctoring has never been about economics or technology. The doctor-patient relationship is the heart and soul of primary care.”

~ Josephine E. Drew, M.D., medical director of Ridgefield Family Medicine

“In her collection of 101 patient stories, Dr. Wible presents a potpourri of vignettes—entertaining, funny, heartfelt, and at times deeply profound. Any student of medicine will learn to approach health care in a new, refreshing way and will get a good dose of laughter in the process.”

~ Jan H. Stafl, M.D., board of trustees, American Holistic Medical Association

“Finally! Vaginas are able to share their side of the story! A great read even for the nonmedical me. Pet Goats & Pap Smears is a funny book that is informative, progressive, and positive!”

~ Jasmine Boone, understanding my vagina better

“Pamela Wible is a doctor with a heart—and a funny bone. Her years of compassionate medical practice are a treasure trove of inspirational and uplifting experiences.”

~ Neal D. Barnard, M.D., president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“Funny, wise, at times irreverent—Dr. Wible’s tales will entertain you as they describe doctoring that places patients first and the business of medicine a distant second.”

~ William Branch, M.D., professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

“Solving our friends’ and neighbors’ medical problems is what makes doctoring worthwhile. In a climate of corporate consolidation, remember there are those of us out here who believe caring is the best care for all.”

~ Matthew Levin, M.D., solo family physician in Pennsylvania

“Bittersweet and bitterfunny. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud. I laughed a lot!”

~ Mally Wyld, student at University of Puget Sound

“An inspiration! Pet Goats & Pap Smears helped me remember why I became a doctor in the first place. Pamela’s guidance has shown me the way out of corporate medicine to a place where I can truly take care of patients—my own practice.”

~ Heather Shelton, M.D., founder of Green Island Health in Fort Worth, Texas

“Pamela Wible, a conventionally trained family physician, uses her amazing out-of-the-box thinking to make her dream of an ideal medical clinic a reality. Pet Goats & Pap Smears takes us along on her pilgrimage to the heart of the patient-physician relationship. These stories made me laugh, cry, and question the way we teach and practice medicine.”

~ Patricia Lebensohn, M.D., professor of clinical family and
community medicine, University of Arizona

“An interesting, upbeat, and seriously fun book about practicing medicine. Pet Goats & Pap Smears is the doctor’s guide to achieving peace of mind through a good sense of humor.”

~ Rosalia Leite Evans, M.D., M.P.H., founder of Palm Beach Hello Health

“Dr. Wible is ingenious, innovative, and inspiring. Pet Goats & Pap Smears proves that happy doctors can heal the health care system.”

~ Evan H. Hirsch, M.D., medical director of Providence Integrative Cancer Care

“In 2005, I was on sabbatical in Italy when I began plotting my own practice. Pamela was one of the few doctors who encouraged me to open my practice out of my home. I didn’t know her—except in virtual reality, through a group of doctors online—but her stories revealed the raw truth and humanity of caring for patients. Now, after building a successful home-based practice, I help others open their ideal clinics. May her stories also inspire you to make your own dream come true.”

~ Sharon McCoy George, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine,
University of California, Irvine

“I love Pet Goats & Pap Smears! I learned a TON!”

~ Chloe Safar, eighth grade student in Oregon

“Pamela’s book is not about entertaining, fictional characters, but real people whose happiness, pain, humor, and wisdom leap off the pages to inspire us all—doctors and patients. Though amusing and light in places, this book is also thought provoking and, indeed, revolutionary. You can’t just read this book. You must chew it and digest it and let it become part of you.”

~ Jina Shah, M.D., M.P.H., clinical instructor of family and community
medicine, University of California, San Francisco

“Dr. Wible is one of the most influential writers of our time.”

~ Cyrus Peikari, M.D., author of Internal Medicine Board Review

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