Dr. Norman Wood will join KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum on February 20. Dr. Wood will join physicians Dr. Elizabeth Wise and Dr. Paul Schmitt, as well as advanced practice clinicians Zoe Carlson, Rob Merkel, and Chelsea Newman.
Dr. Wood has an interesting and varied background. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and worked in law enforcement for over ten years, including six years as a special agent for the United States Customs Service. He then returned to school to study medicine. After attending the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, he became the 15th member of his family to become a physician. His oldest son, Matthew, is the 16th.
Dr. Wood has practiced primary care medicine since 1995 and enjoys taking care of entire families. He owned four medical clinics in Maryland and West Virginia before moving to Washington in 2013. Since moving to Washington, he has worked with the Veteran’s Administration and in urgent care.
Outside of his medical career, Dr. Wood is an avid bow hunter and enjoys fishing for trout. He is also an inventor and public speaker. He designed and holds the patent for an emergency descent evacuation harness that can be used to quickly and safely evacuate a burning structure. His harness has been certified to a maximum descent distance of 1000 feet, or approximately 100 stories.
In early 2017, Dr. Wood will work closely with Dr. Schmitt. Dr. Schmitt will be finalizing his plans to transition into retirement after his 40-year medical career.
Dr. Wood will be accepting new patients. For more information, please call KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum at (509) 674-5331.