John Mihalik, MD
Compassion is a consistent quality in Dr. John Mihalik’s multifaceted life. Before attending medical school, he earned degrees in philosophy and bioethics, studied to become a Jesuit priest, and met his wife Catherine in nursing school. Just prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2003, the family physician ran clinics in Cloverdale and Gualala, caring for many indigent farm workers. “There’s a sense of purity in giving freely without monetary reward,” says Dr. Mihalik of volunteerism. “I like serving people as a way of giving back for the blessings I’ve experienced as a physician.”
Seven years ago, Dr. Mihalik’s eldest daughter, Amanda, introduced him to Somos Amigos Medical Missions in the Dominican Republic. Since then, he has volunteered on three, week-long medical missions a year. On every trip, volunteers examine over 1,000 medical and dental patients, including people who hike for days through their mountainous region to receive the only available care. “I very much enjoy my one-to-one interactions with Kaiser Permanente patients,” says the Santa Rosa hospitalist, “but on these missions, we truly improve the health of entire families and communities. When I see the need, graciousness and gratitude of these people who have literally nothing, it makes me want to participate as long as I am able.
Dr. Mihalik’s passion for God, people, playing music, and his servant’s heart make him a perfect match with LoveManifest.
|Medical School||University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA|
|Residency||Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Seattle, WA|
|Board Certification||Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine|