June 27, 2017

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Litchfield, Marshall Named Best Towns to Raise a Family: ACMC Physicians Agree

When it comes to raising your family, of course you want the very best for them. Your kids deserve it! In a recent study of best towns to raise a family, Litchfield and Marshall made the top 30. We asked some of our physicians and advanced practice providers to share why they love living, working and raising their families in these communities.

Dr. Deb Peterson, Family Medicine, ACMC-Litchfield

Dr. Deb Peterson, ACMC-Litchfield, Family MedicineAs one of my friends says,”Lovin’ life in Litch!” My husband (Dr. Tim Peterson, General Surgery) and I moved to Litchfield in 1988 after a three-year stint as Air Force physicians. Our three daughters were 18 months, five and seven when we moved to Litchfield. Their educational experience in Litchfield was outstanding. The schools were large enough to offer them plenty of learning opportunities, yet small enough to allow them to participate in a broad range of activities. We have thoroughly enjoyed the local golf course, our church community and country living. This city girl has learned to drive tractor, feed cattle and horses and fix fence. The Litchfield community embraced us wonderfully when we arrived. It has been a great place to call “home.”

From a professional viewpoint, Litchfield has also been a wonderful place to practice medicine for the past 27 years. I take care of patients that range in age from birth to their 90s and still deliver quite a few babies each year. My “small-town practice” affords me the opportunity to continue practicing full-spectrum medicine.  I also serve as the medical director for Ecumen Home Care and Hospice, and, in this role, I have the honor of assisting individuals as they approach end-of-life.

One of our daughters and her family call the Litchfield area home, and the other two also enjoy coming home to their roots for frequent visits. Both my husband and I are grateful for the opportunity we have had to live, work and play in this wonderful community for the last 27 years.

Dr. Timothy Michals, IM/Peds  & Stephanie McKee, PA-C, Family Medicine, ACMC-Marshall

Dr. Timothy Michals & Stephanie McKee, ACMC-MarshallStephanie: I was born and raised in Marshall. Having had first-hand experience of what it was like to grow up here, I knew it would be a great place for us to raise a family. As my husband and I were looking at places to build our practices, Marshall really stood out to us. It’s hard to believe I’ve been back for ten years already.

Dr. Michals: One of the first things I noticed about Marshall was how welcoming everyone was. Marshall has a strong sense of community and is very family friendly. It also has a great school system for our kids as they reach school-age. Marshall is a safe place, and there are so many things—from little leagues to clubs and fun, clean parks they already enjoy. Our kids will be able to get involved in any number of activities as they grow older and their interests in different things begin to take shape.

Stephanie: And there’s also a lot for Tim and me to get involved in, too, as we have time. As busy as we are with our kids and separate practices, we are still able to balance work and life, doing things we enjoy outside of caring for people in the region.

Dr. Michals: Marshall may be a smaller community than I was used to, but it also offers easy access to other larger communities and cities within driving distance when we want to get out of town. Because I grew up in a larger area, it’s fun to watch our kids embrace Marshall, and I’m grateful that we can work, live and raise our kids in a place like Marshall.

Why do you like raising your children in your community?