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Family practice has grown for Campbellsburg doctor

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Dr. Damon Gatewood’s family practice in Campbellsburg has undergone some major changes.

“We’ve grown quite a bit,” he said.

With an eye toward serving more families in the community, Gatewood said he added Nurse Practitioner Jan Powell to the staff and moved to a larger office in the industrial park.

The new facility is 4,000 square feet and is located just inside the industrial park in front of the Kentucky State Police post.

“We have 11 examination rooms,” he said. “There were four at the old place. Everything got bigger.”

Gatewood said he focuses on preventive medicine and health management. “What led me to this profession is that I’m a good listener,” he said.

Running a family practice allows Gatewood to work with people of all generations. “One neat part of it is to watch kids go from freshmen to graduation, then fly the coop,” he said. “There’s a challenge when you go from seeing a small child, to an elderly patient, to a teenager in one afternoon.”

Although not a Henry County native, Gatewood’s family moved to the county when he was four years old. He graduated from Henry County High School in 1987.

Gatewood attended Centre College and the University of Kentucky before choosing his path as a medical doctor. “I came to it in a pretty round about way,” he said, “majoring in biology. I tried out veterinary medicine and horticulture.”

Gatewood found that he gravitated toward working with people, and got his M.D. from the University of Louisville. He completed his residency in North Carolina.

But Henry County had a strong draw for Gatewood, and he returned here to live and work.

“It seems we lose a lot of young people,” he said. “I took over for Dr. Steven White in Campbellsburg after my residency.”

He and his wife, Dr. Donna Gatewood, moved into their early 19th century home in New Castle in 2002. The couple has retained the house’s historical integrity.

The plaster walls and ornate ceilings evoke a bygone era of southern gentility. The big wheel tricycles and folded laundry on the dining room table are evidence of the 2009 family who live, work and play in the grand old home.

Gatewood’s banjo was perched on a nearby chair.

“I’ve been playing banjo since the sixth grade,” he said, but admitted he hasn’t scheduled any time for playing music. There’s a friendly picking party every month or so orchestrated by his friend, Den Berry, and he really should go next time but, “I haven’t even gotten the garden planted,” he said.

Gatewood is happy with his career choice.

“I’m a doc for the duration,” he said. “I enjoy it even more than I expected.”

 

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