Please help us congratulate Dr. Alex Robertson as our September Member of the Month. He is currently a second-year resident and Co-Chief Resident in the Kenner Family Medicine Residency Program. He grew up in Baton Rouge with his parents, Alex W. and Febbe Robertson, older sister, Desiree, and younger brother, Kaleb. He completed undergrad at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.
We asked Dr. Robertson how he chose family medicine. He states, “I say Family Medicine chose me. Originally, I wanted to pursue Emergency Medicine and I ended up falling into Family Medicine. However, since becoming a Family Medicine resident, I know it is the right path for me. Everything happens for a reason, and I am glad Family Medicine chose me.”
Dr. Robertson credits his mom as his inspiration for becoming a physician. He states, “For me, I did not really have a role model. Actually, my mother reminded me when I was applying to medical school of a time when I did not believe I could be a doctor. I think I was at the age of three at the time because I had never seen a doctor that looked like me. This has influenced me to accept my calling to be a physician not only to help the patients I treat, but also future patients by being a role model encouraging a kid that looks like me that they can be a doctor too.”
He also draws inspiration from his favorite quote, “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson. He states, “The quote starts by saying Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. …[it] is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. …and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Dr. Robertson continues, “This quote reminds me there is greatness inside of all of us. We just have to remember to tap into our power every single day. Instead of thinking about what happens if something doesn’t work out, your power is in focusing on being a better you than the day before. True power is being the best you, so others are free to be the best them. As I think about this quote, I am reminded to challenge myself to be better each day not just for me, but also because my family, friends, coworkers, and patients need just that so they can also be the best they can be.”
Dr. Robertson is married to his beautiful wife, Dr. Melynda Nicole Simmons Robertson, currently a second-year Internal Medicine Resident who plans to work in outpatient primary care. His future goals include pursuing a Sports Medicine Fellowship after residency. He continues, “In the future, I hope to potentially practice side-by-side with my wife in outpatient medicine. In addition, I hope to have a focus on sports medicine with the patients I see in clinic as well as potentially covering sports on the high school, college, or even the professional level.”
Dr. Robertson believes in a work-life balance and is happy that Family Medicine embraces that principle. When he is not working as a physician, he loves to cook, try new foods, travel and hanging out with family and friends. He states, “My number one hobby, though, is officiating basketball. I love all things sports and refereeing basketball is how I stay connected to the game as well as destress from the stressors of residency. Plus, it keeps me in shape!”
The LAPF is excited to recognize Dr. Alex Robertson as our September Member of the Month!