A Douglas County native is now seeing patients at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Ava. Mark Peebles, a certified physician assistant, has joined the team.
“It’s nice to practice where you live,” Peebles said. “You get to know people, and you also already know quite a few people who walk through those clinic doors.”
Peebles, his wife and four daughters – who range in age from 10 to 18 – are firmly planted in the Ozarks. On Sundays and Wednesdays, you’ll find them singing and playing in their local church band.
“We’re pretty active members of our congregation,” Peebles said. “We also have our hands full with the family ranch just west of town, with about 70 cows and several horses. It’s where my grandparents lived for many years.”
Free time can be hard to come by for Peebles, a former U.S. Army medic. He enlisted in 1988, and then spent two years in Germany during Operation Desert Storm. He later received both his bachelor’s in cell and molecular biology and his master’s in physician assistant studies from Missouri State University in Springfield.
“Straight out of school I got hands-on experience at a critical access hospital in Boise City, Oklahoma.” Peebles added. He then spent four years in family practice at Missouri Ozarks Community Health. “Most recently, I worked at an emergency room in Harrison, Arkansas. Now I’m excited to start a new chapter in the same community I love.”
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Ava is located at 1312 N. Highway 5 in Ava, Missouri. It provides a variety of services for the entire family, including Mercy Kids. Services include physical exams, treatment for minor injuries to chronic illness, x-rays, immunizations, women’s health sports physicals and more. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; to find out more information about services offered, call 417-683-4045.