Ancheta Retires from Family Practice in Gladwin
Evangeline Ancheta, M.D., was fairly quick to say the idea of retirement is bittersweet. After practicing medicine for over 36 years, 24 of those with MidMichigan Physicians Group in Gladwin, she will miss her co-workers and patients. She also looks forward to travel and spending more time with family.
Evangeline Ancheta, M.D.,
is looking forward to retirement
but will miss staff and patients
she has become close to after
more than three decades as
a family practitioner.
Dr. Ancheta grew up in the Philippines and always knew she wanted to be a doctor. She attended medical school at University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Quezon City, Philippines, where she met her husband who was studying to become an internist. They were both interested in coming to the United States to pursue the American dream, and landed in Detroit to complete residencies. After some time there, they agreed they wanted a smaller, tightly-knit community in which to practice and raise their children.
“Moving to Michigan was a bit of a culture shock at first,” Dr. Ancheta explained. “But we made some very good friends who helped guide us in the direction of Gladwin. We are so happy to have found this place and made it our home.”
Dr. Ancheta has been practicing since 1984 and has seen a lot of changes in the field of medicine. “The most obvious advancement is personal computers. Computers have drastically changed all of our lives, including how medicine is delivered and the ability to track our patients for continuum of care,” she said. “Most recently, an exciting development for residents in our area is increased access to specialists. More specialists are now coming into Gladwin to care for patients, and there are also opportunities to connect via telemedicine. That makes the referral process for family practitioners like me much easier.”
Ray Stover, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gladwin and West Branch, acknowledged Dr. Ancheta’s contributions to MidMichigan Physicians Group and MidMichigan Health as a whole. “Dr. Ancheta has served patients in our area with kindness and care for over three decades." he said. "Her expertise and experience will be missed by our staff and our community. She has certainly represented MidMichigan Health well, and we wish her all the best in her retirement.”
Over the years, Dr. Ancheta has been making annual trips back to the Philippines to connect with colleagues from medical school to provide care for the underserved. “People are so appreciative,” she said. “We are able to give them medication samples, provide free X-rays and EKGs, and offer guidance regarding other preventative measures for overall good health. That has been rewarding.”
Dr. Ancheta looks forward to traveling more and finding other outlets for volunteering. “I will be very happy to be active in those ways once we are able to resume more activities safely while navigating COVID-19. The pandemic has been so hard on people – emotionally, financially, and socially. I will be glad when a safe vaccine is made available.”
In retirement, Dr. Ancheta is looking forward to having additional free time and enjoying life to its fullest while she can. To prepare for this new phase, she is planning something that she has not been able to make time for until now: knee surgery. “Once I have my knee fixed and can commit to rehab, I’ll be ready for anything."