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Carl “Trey” Dobson, MD
Emergency Medicine

Carl “Trey” Dobson, MD
Emergency Medicine

BS in physics from The University of the South
MS in geology from the University of Wyoming
MD from the University of Tennessee

“My wife and I knew we wanted to live in a small town where there is a devotion to local agriculture. I entered Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and was amazed to see such a well-equipped emergency department. From fiber-optic intubation to the quality of the personnel, I recognized right away that SVMC offered something special. I found the hospital’s culture to be very supportive on all levels and the patient care to be superior.”

“I walk through the woods to get to work everyday. My wife, Amy, and sons, 4-year-old Charlie and 2-year-old Chase, love to walk over to visit. I don’t know where else I could find the first-class medical facility and quality of life that I have found here in Bennington.”

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Eric Seyferth, MD
Internal Medicine

Eric Seyferth, MD
Internal Medicine

Why did you go into medicine? I loved science and was good at it and wanted to work in a field based on science. I also wanted to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. Medicine seemed a great way to do both of these things and over the years I continue to get satisfaction from these aspects of medicine. What do you like about being an internist? I really like the long term relationships that I have established with patients. When I walk into an emergency department room to admit a person and she says "I am so glad that you are here", it makes all the difficult aspects of a hectic primary care practice seem worth it. The challenge of narrowing down a diagnosis quickly and efficiently or of diagnosing and managing a difficult and complicated case after multiple steps brings great satisfaction. Seeing someone that I have known for years get better from a treatment prescribed by myself or helping someone die with dignity and without pain give equal satisfaction and meaning to my life. Why did you come to this area? My wife, who is also an internist, and I wanted to settle in a rural community in New England after our training. We both love the outdoors and small-town life. Bennington had a great mix of factory workers and college professors, farmers and professionals and died in the wool Vermonters and flatlanders that seemed down-to-earth and vibrant. We wanted a place where our children would get a great education and they did. We wanted a medical community with a great quality medical staff that got along well and I feel our expectations have been met. We have been here 22+ years and still love it here. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Being with my spouse, staying connected with my grown children, bird watching, hunting, shooting sports, woods walking with my dog, tennis, photography, perennial gardening, chicken raising, cooking, reading, Sunday night football with a good friend, mushroom collecting, backyard sugaring. Household Demographics: Married to Sara Reynolds who works as a hospitalist. 3 grown children: Allison, Julia and Elise. One very adoring and intelligent dog, Jackson. One very elderly and affectionate cat, Tigger. Live in the west end of Bennington.

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James Keenan, MD, PhD
Radiology

BS in Chemistry from Le Moyne College
MS and PhD in Nuclear and Radiochemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MD from Albany Medical College

From an outstanding graduate education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to a medical education at Albany Medical College and a fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital, Jim Keenan knows quality care. That's one reason he chose to practice at SVMC.

"SVMC has a highly trained and skilled medical staff," he observes. "Interacting with providers, nurses, and technical staff of this quality is fulfilling and professionally satisfying. We learn from each other every day and continue to improve the high level of care that we provide. People on the medical staff are some of my very best friends. There are no egos here. Working here, I've found mutual professionalism in a nurturing and caring environment.

"My family and I moved to Bennington over nine years ago. We enjoy the more rural life. People here are truly honest and kind. And the safety and beauty of the surroundings and our simpler way of life can't be found in a big city. There are limitless outdoor activities that we enjoy together and that would be hard to match elsewhere. My wife and children love it here and have made many lasting friendships."

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Elizabeth Warner MD
General Surgery

Elizabeth Warner MD
General Surgery

BS in Human Development from Cornell University
MD from Albany Medical College

The newest member of SVHC's general surgery team, Elizabeth Warner recently joined SVHC after completing her residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.

"I chose to practice at Southwestern Vermont because I believe I can practice at the standards that I want to have in my professional career and live in a beautiful community that is the kind of place where I want to raise my family.

The physicians here make it a priority to keep up with the standards of care. And the hospital has really shown a commitment to staying at the forefront of technology. I can do advanced laparoscopic procedures that I’d be able to do in the university setting as well. There’s also a real sense of collegiality here between specialties and with nursing, which is very important to me and really has a positive impact on patient care.

The environment here is uncommonly supportive of new physicians and extremely warm and collegial. I don’t feel like I left behind anything when I left the big city. The kind of care we’re offering here could stand up against a bigger hospital anywhere."

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