UAFP Member Spotlight: Dr. Mahana Fisher

August 15, 2019

Dr. Mahana Fisher, Medical Director at Family Healthcare, was recently spotlighted in the Utah Academy of Family Physicians bi-annual magazine.

Long before opioid addiction was making national headlines as a healthcare crisis, Dr. Mahana Fisher was seeing the devastation of substance use disorder in his hometown community. A lifelong resident of Utah, Mahana Fisher graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed his residency in family practice at the University of North Dakota SW Campus in Bismarck, North Dakota. One of the primary reasons he chose family medicine as a specialty was that he hoped to return to a rural community like the one he had grown up in, Blanding, Utah, and practice the whole scope of medicine.

Dr. Fisher returned to his hometown community that he knew and loved, where friends, family, and even his parents still lived. He worked for seven years for the San Juan County Health District and then Utah Navajo Health System from 2007 to 2017. As the area has a history of experiencing a shortage of healthcare providers, he was able to gain a wide range of medical experience in family practice, ER, and in-patient medicine. When members of his family began to move to the St. George area, he looked to move his practice to be closer to them and that’s when he met Lori Wright, CEO of Family Healthcare, a Community Health Center located in southwestern Utah. They both knew very quickly that Family Healthcare was going to be a good fit for the ambitious doctor.

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