Dr. David Gaunt – Montgomery

Where did you go to school?
I completed my Bachelor of Health Sciences and Doctor of Medicine through the University of Calgary. I did my residency training in family Medicine through Dalhousie University, in a program based out of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

What lead to you becoming a family Physician?
Family medicine encompasses a broad range of knowledge across all medical specialties. As I went through each of my rotations during medical school there was something I liked in everything I did. Ultimately family medicine was the perfect fit for me, as I get to see something different every day, and see the same patients through the many different stages of their lives.

Why did you decide to go into your medical field?
I had a keen interest in biology and science all through my primary and secondary education, and during my third year of undergraduate studies I had the opportunity to work with a researcher that was also a practising physician. He offered to let me shadow him during a typical work day, and watching the way he interacted with patients; delivering good news with genuine joy, sharing bad news with grace, and how he treated his patients and allied health care colleagues with respect in every interaction. I was immediately drawn to that, and from that point on I focused my studies on medicine.

What do you like best about working for Pinnacle?
There is a focus on health and well-being, not just in our patients, but the entire staff that permeates Pinnacle. I’ve had the opportunity to work in several Pinnacle clinics over the last few months and I can say that among the physicians and staff that work there, there is a genuine, collegial atmosphere where they freely utilize each other’s knowledge to better patient care.

How do you define patient care?
Care does not simply equate to a prescription in hand and a pat on the back. It involves a genuine curiosity with what is going on in someone’s life, and what led them to come into your office today. It’s not about sitting behind a computer, lecturing people on how they should be living their lives, but negotiating a plan or goal to work towards together. Care involves listening to people’s fears and anxieties, and utilizing the resources we have at our disposal responsibly to address them.

What do you love about your job?
I love getting the chance everyday to meet new, interesting people from all walks of life, and having the opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives.

What are you most excited about living in Calgary?
After being away for a couple years doing my specialty training, it is amazing to see how much Calgary continues to grow and mature as a city. As much as Calgary has grown while I’ve been away, I love that there is still so much to do outside during any month of the year, whether it’s a cultural festival downtown, or driving out to the mountains to hike or ski.

Outside of the office, what are your interests/hobbies?
I am really into physical activity, so you’ll usually find me signing up for the latest spin/row/boxing exercise fad. Although in the dead of winter you’ll usually find me curled up on the couch with my 70 lb staffie lap dog binge-watching the latest Netflix hit or reading a novel.