Erin Fletcher joins Family Medical Center in Walla Walla | Health & Fitness

Erin Fletcher has joined the Family Medical Center on Rose Street.

Fletcher, a physician assistant, recently arrived in Walla Walla from North Carolina with her partner, three dogs, three horses and four chickens, a collection Fletcher calls her menagerie.

“I love that Walla Walla has a small-town vibe with great restaurants and colleges and is close to the Blue Mountains for outdoor adventures,” she said.

Fletcher began her career in emergency medical services and witnessed firsthand the consequences of not having access to reliable and affordable care.

Taking the issue to heart, she joined a program in South Carolina to help high-risk patients navigate the health care system. Now Fletcher is using that training to help patients improve their health with preventative medicine and chronic disease management.

Fletcher earned her master’s in physician assistant studies from Emory & Henry College in Virginia.

Family Medical Center on Rose Street offers multiple medical services, including primary care, dentistry, nutrition counseling, chronic disease management and pharmacy services.

When not working, Fletcher enjoys horse riding, hiking and cycling, she said, and she hopes to be able to do some snowshoeing and cross country skiing next winter.

Vegetable gardening and cooking are also on her list of hobbies.

By working in community medicine, Fletcher is fulfilling a wish.

“I hope by being here, I am helping increase access to preventative care as well as managing patients with multiple health problems leading to happier and healthier lives.”