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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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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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Simon Drew, MD, FACS
General Surgery

Simon Drew, MD, FACS
General Surgery

BS in chemistry from Union College
MD from the University of Vermont

"At Southwestern Vermont Medical Center we’re doing top-notch, cutting-edge surgery and medicine,” he says. “I left an area where the medical community was happy with the status quo. Being at SVMC has allowed me to develop my skills in minimally invasive surgery, permitting me to serve my patients better.”

Dr. Drew came to Bennington on the recommendation of his friend and fellow surgeon, Dr. Charles Salem. “I was recruited,” he jokes.

“The overall quality of life here is wonderful. My wife, Mary and three sons, ages 5, 7, and 9, love it in southern Vermont. We are an outdoor family. I love to run, bicycle, and Nordic ski. Together we garden and go on hikes. It’s a beautiful place to live. And the quality of the medical care patients receive at SVMC is remarkable. This is a small town hospital that is on top of its game and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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Michael Thwing, MD
Pediatrics

Michael Thwing, MD
Pediatrics

MD from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“My wife, Ninna, and I have a three-year-old, Molli and a two-month old son, Elliott, so we know what it's like to be parents of young children who are younger.”

“SVMC really appealed to me because of its size and the reputation of its medical and nursing staffs. I was impressed that everyone seemed happy to be doing waht they're doing. And Drs. Luloff and Mann of SVMC Pedaitrics made me feel at home right away.”

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