RANGELY — Alaska’s loss is Rangely’s gain with the addition of Dr. Brenda Hinton as a full-time Rangely District Hospital staff physician.
For the last year and a half she worked out of Anchorage, primarily with the South Central Foundation and Tribal Health Services to bring general practice medical care and OB/GYN services to smaller outlying towns and villages.
While in Alaska she delivered one of her own grandchildren, born to one of her daughters living there.
Hinton’s career path did not lead straight to medicine. She started out as a legal secretary and worked up to an assistant position with a law firm. After 10 years she became dissatisfied with that line of work. Since she was already acquainted with many members of the medical community through her firm, she decided to pursue a medical career.
She went through several University of Texas schools to get her degrees; completing undergraduate studies in San Antonio, medical school in Galveston and met David Udall while both were in residency in Tyler, Texas.
Hinton has four children, two of whom will be in Rangely with her.
Melissa, her oldest, is a special needs individual and will be participating in programs at the Eagle Crest Center while her mom is at work.
Courtney will be attending classes at CNCC this fall.
The third daughter is still in Alaska and her son is in Texas.
Dr. Hinton’s other activities include reading and family recreation, and although she once earned a black belt in karate, a bad knee prevents that activity now.
She is looking forward to being involved with the community on many different levels. A welcome reception in her honor will be held for the community from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Colorado Room on the CNCC campus. Everyone is invited to come and get acquainted with Dr. Hinton.
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