The LAFP is proud to recognize Dr. Carol Smothers for the month of March. Dr. Smothers is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a Board-Certified family physician in Zachary with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group Family Medicine, and a champion of family medicine in Louisiana. She has a special interest in preventative care for women, mothers, diabetes and obesity management. Dr. Smothers is currently on the LAFP Board of Directors and serves as the District 6A Alternate.
Get to Know Dr. Smothers
Tell us about yourself.
I received my medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. After graduating from medical school, I entered the United States Air Force where I completed my internship at Keesler Air Force Base. After working for 7 years as a general medical officer, my love for treating the entire family led me to pursue becoming a family physician. I completed my residency training at the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program.
Tell us about your military service.
I served in the United States Air Force for 4 years as the Director of Emergency Services at Kunsan Air Base, in the Republic of Korea. During my service in the Air Force, I also worked in family medicine at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana.
What is the best experience you have had as a family physician?
I love to deliver babies. Being a part of bringing a new life into the world is something that I wish I could do every day. It is so special to share that moment with the family and experience the miracle of birth.
What are your hobbies?
My husband and I are relocating to the country on 10 acres of land. Any free time I have I am working on the house plans for our new home. I am excited about moving to the country to explore my love hydroponic gardening. I am looking forward to raising chickens and goats.
What one word or phrase characterizes your style of family medicine?
Compassion. I try every day to really connect with my patients. Being able to understand them as person and what is going on in their personal life helps me better treat their medical condition.
Tell us something fun about yourself that is unrelated to medicine.
I love to ride our motorcycle with my husband.
Tell us about your family.
My husband and I have one daughter, Monica. She is pursuing a Master’s of Clinical Counseling. She is married. No grandchildren just yet, but we are looking forward to spoiling them.