“I am glad to be back,” stated Dr. Tim Jay when interviewed about his new position at the Stevens Community Medical Center. Jay grew up in Morris and his parents still live here. It has been a goal for him to return and work in the rural area that he came to enjoy so much.
Dr. Jay is the son of Dr. George Jay who practiced medicine in Morris for over 25 years. His parents still live here but his father is fighting lymphoma which is currently in remission. Tim states that his dad is doing better but not able to practice yet.
As a young boy growing up in rural Morris, Tim loved the country life. He always knew he wanted to come back to rural Minnesota and live in the county where he and his siblings enjoyed the fun of frolicking in the fields and visiting lakes and rivers. He was home-schooled by his mother and joked that he was at the top of his class but also at the bottom of his class. He really enjoyed math and science and realized he wanted to pursue a career using those subjects. He graduated in 2006 and went on to college in California.
His first thought was to go into engineering but soon found that this career would not give him the interaction he wanted with other people. Subconsciously his dad may have influenced his decision to go into medicine however the type of medicine came about as the result of an injury.
Tim was playing volleyball in college when he injured his knee. He learned that he had a torn meniscus and waited to have surgery until he could return to Minnesota. The summer after the injury, Dr. Michael Holte repaired the knee and Tim felt immediate relief. He knew that this was the type of relief he wanted to give his patients. He wanted to make repairs that would get people back to living a normal life.
He added that orthopedic medicine is the perfect specialty for rural areas. There are many sports injuries, broken bones, knees, hips, and shoulders that need to be fixed. After having an orthopedic surgery of his own, he was able to see the surgery from a patient’s point of view. Just as Dr. Holte did for him, he wanted to get people back to doing the things they love.
In an unusual development, Dr. Holte is now his mentor at SCMC. Tim has joined the Orthopedic Medical Department with Holte and Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Amy Brandt. The three handle all types of orthopedic needs with few referrals to other doctors. Most of the surgeries are done at SCMC. Tim will be taking appointments starting in August after completing all his certifications.
Tim and his wife, Hayley, found the perfect rural Stevens County home where they will be raising their family. They have five children, 4 boys and 1 girl, and another child on the way. Just like Tim did, the boys are absolutely loving life in the country. Their daughter is 18-months old so just starting to explore the countryside.
Tim is pleased to bring his family to Stevens County where people have such great attitudes. He stated that after living in other parts of the United States, he quickly knew that this is a better place to live and work. “What makes Stevens County great, is the people,” he stated. “We have good people here who have good common sense.”
This is what makes this area the place he wanted to return. To raise his family and continue his career in medicine. Welcome, Dr. Tim Jay to Stevens County.