LAFP is very proud to recognize Lauren Tillery, MD as our October member of the month.Dr. Lauren Tillery was born in Baton Rouge where she had the pleasure of being raised by two wonderful parents. She has five younger siblings, four sisters and one brother. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she received her undergraduate degree in Biological Basis of Behavior. She knew that she would eventually make her way back to Louisiana-ultimately Baton Rouge. She moved a little closer to home to complete a master’s program in New Orleans at Tulane University and received Masters in Cell Molecular Biology. She received her doctorate degree from LSUHSC New Orleans School of Medicine. She finally made her way to Baton Rouge to complete the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program.
When asked why she chose family medicine, Dr. Tillery credits her passion for patient education. She states, “Family Medicine connected me to my passion for patient education. Teaching people prevention and management skills to minimize or eliminate conditions brings me great satisfaction. To be thanked and appreciated for my services makes it more enjoyable.” She continues that her favorite aspect of Family Medicine is continuity. She states, “I like getting to know my patients, helping them through their ups and downs.” When asked about where she found her inspiration to become a family physician, Dr. Tillery states, “Though I would like to credit one individual for my success, I would have to thank my community. My family, my church members, and my friends have all played vital roles in my progression.”
Dr. Tillery is new to practice with the Baton Rouge General Physicians-Zachary. She joined Dr. Vicki Munson-Whetstone in an outpatient practice setting caring for the family medicine needs for the patients in Zachary and the surrounding areas. We asked her, “What is one thing that you wished you had known in medical school or residency?”. Dr. Tilley recommends, “If you think you are interested in a field, the best thing you could do for yourself is to not only do an acting internship in that field but do the rotation at a place you are interested in completing your residency. Make sure you are proactive during your rotations, instead of just doing the bare minimum. That stands out when it’s time to review your applications.” She also states, “It is important to attend medical conferences. Not only for networking opportunities, but also for the knowledge that can be gained. Looking back, it would have been more beneficial to me if I had started attending in medical school instead of waiting until residency.”
Dr. Tillery has been a very active member of the LAFP since her residency. She has served on the Resident Student Leadership Committee, served as a delegate, and volunteered as Family Physician of the Day during the legislative session. She describes herself as a “serial crafter. I have learned how to knit, crochet, embroider, weave, all using a variety of mediums including yarn, rubber bands, beads, etc. It’s very relaxing is a new family physician!” She is a new family physician, new to the Zachary community but is excited to meet her patients and is looking forward to making Zachary her home.