June 14, 2006
Dr. Garrity primarily will be working after hours in the Frontier Extended Stay Clinic at ARMC. She is board-certified in urgent care medicine.
Dr. Garrity started her career as an Emergency Medical Technician and a paramedic in St. Louis and San Diego. She then became a Physician Assistant (PA) in East St. Louis, Ill., before going to the University of South Dakota School of Medicine to complete her M.D. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria's St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She has worked for the Indian Health Service in Lame Deer, Mont.; Cherokee, N.C.; Kayenta, Ariz.; and Ft. Defiance, Ariz. She most recently worked in urgent care at First Care Medical Centers in Anchorage.
"I really like working in rural communities as opposed to 'for profits' in the big cities," Dr. Garrity said. "I absolutely love it up here, oh, definitely. I have the most beautiful seven-mile commute from my house to here. I've seen deer, a bear today and so many eagles it's amazing."
Dr. Garrity's medical special interests include being a Certified Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner and Child Abuse Forensic Examiner. She is very interested in working with the local sexual assault response team. She also is interested in toxicology and emergency medical services.
Her personal interests include cats, outdoor photography and wildlife photography.
"My cat is my 'kid,'" Dr. Garrity said. "I've had her since she was 6 weeks old and she'll be 17 years old on the Fourth of July."
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