After going off to school for 12 years, one Fort Stockton native made her way back home to work for Pecos County Memorial Hospital.
Rachelle Young, 34, grew up in Fort Stockton, with a successful family.
Her dad owns Remie's Body Shop, where one of her brothers works . Her older brother is the Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation.
She did her underground at Saint Mary's University in San Antonio in biology and business marketing, she got her masters degree at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, and then she did medical school and residency in Waco.
To become a doctor, you have a lot of school to complete including her four years of undergrad, one year of masters, four years of medical school and three years of residency.
Now, Young didn't always know she wanted to be a doctor but when she was in high school she met Dr. Cecil George while working at Dairy Queen.
“I always knew I wanted to do something in medical,” said Young.
She asked him for a job, and he told her to come and interview which she did and became a nurses aid while he was at his own clinic on Main St.
She learned things like taking vital signs, bringing patients to their room and sterile techniques.
She was able to stay on during the school year and worked in between classes, basketball and track.
When she went to college she wasn't sure if she wanted to do research or be a nurse practitioner so she started in studying biology.
“I knew I wanted to do something in the sciences,” said Young.
In medical school most people decide on their specialty, which she wanted to do OBGYN, but she also wanted to do more.
“I thought about wanting to come home, maybe have kids and getting married,” she said.
She decided to focus on family medicine.
“One of the biggest contributors to making that decision was wanting to come back to Fort Stockton,” said Young.
In school, they had a specific focus for rural medicine.
When working in rural medicine in a place like Fort Stockton, the doctors have to know how to do a little bit of everything.
They have to learn the business side, infectious diseases, OBGYN, community medicine.
“We deliver a lot of babies,” said Young.
While she was in residency, the former CEO of Pecos County Memorial Hospital reached out to her to see if she wanted to come back to work when she was done.
Currently, PCMH has five physicians who divide all of the responsibilities.
“We're all family doctors who have to have extra specialties,” said Young. “We're all very busy.”
The doctors work one week where they are on call 24/7, another week as backup where they are seeing patients and three weeks of clinics.
They all handle their own OBGYN patients no matter what week it falls on.
They help each other by passing on knowledge and sharing responsibilities.
“I love my job,” said Young. “I love the genuine people of Fort Stockton.”
Young said that the hospital allows them a half day off each week where they can catch up on everything and return calls and finish business.
“That part of the week keeps me sane,” she said.
She got married to Tyler, who she had known her entire life but they didn't start dating until after medical school.
In between graduating school, moving home and starting a new job, she also had a baby.
She now has two daughters, who are 3-years-old and 9-months-old.
She was able to take time off to be with her baby thanks to part time physicians filling in.
“I still have not figured out a work/life balance,” said Young.
Being home means they have family to help them with the kids since her husband is also very busy working as a general contractor for Young Construction.
He is currently finishing up the new car wash and the theatre.
Being back home means they get to have weekly family dinners and her dad gets to spoil her kids since he loves being a grandpa.
“We are annoyingly and pleasantly close,” she said. “He loves my kids so much, it's so amazing to have that support we couldn't do our jobs without them.”
In the little free time they get, they enjoy being outside, visiting her families Del Rio home and Tyler enjoys fishing.
The one thing that Young loves about being in a science based field is how much she has seen the community progress.
“More women and minorities are in leadership roles,” she said. “I feel like I'm so blessed to be a part of it.”