Vail Health Magazine 2013 - page 35

“When Terrell first introduced
the idea of Vail, I remember it was
Mardi Gras and I was a second-year
resident in New Orleans,” says Dr.
Martin. “We were in a coffee shop
before we went to a parade, and
he said his job options are Baton
Rouge or Vail, and I said Vail.”
And so Dr. Joseph took the job
as a hand, wrist and knee special-
ist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics.
He says the area brings in some of
the most talented and driven peo-
ple in the world, and it is a unique
pleasure to work with people who
have such strong goals.
“The patients here are so ex-
ceptionally motivated, educated,
worldly and happy,” he says. “This
place is magical as far as the com-
bination of the outdoor lifestyles
and the quality of patients — it
makes what’s in the next room
really exciting.”
Both Dr. Martin and Dr. Joseph
have seen a fair share of trauma,
but they say they have been glad
to see injuries that are from skiing,
rather than violence.
“I worked in the inner city,
and there were a lot of gun shot
wounds and car/pedestrian
accidents in the middle of the
night,” says Dr. Joseph. “We really
do have the luxury of not having
much nighttime trauma here. It’s
those hours between midnight
and six in the morning that can
really test you in emergency med-
icine and orthopaedics.”
Support from their colleagues
and community also helps the
couple to stay balanced and
connected. Dr. Martin says Vail
Valley Medical Center is a great
work environment with outstand-
ing colleagues.
“The hospital does a great job in
preserving the continuity of care
here,” she says. “This is what keeps
the standards of excellence so high.”
Work And Play
Dr. Joseph says on a ski day,
Vail-Summit Orthopaedics
averages two to three operations,
keeping his hours predictable and
seasonal. As a doctor of emergency
medicine at Vail Valley Medical
Center, Dr. Martin’s hours are more
varied, which they say helps them
to balance work and family life.
“My schedule affords a lot of
days off in the summer, but the
winter is of course very busy,” says
Dr. Martin. “This time of year, if we
are both finished with work, we
will just come home and hot tub,
and Terrell and the kids have just
built a big snow fort to play in.”
Their kids, 4-year-old Reece and
3-year-old Chloe, are described as
playful handfuls in their own right
— Reece, a fort builder and worm
digger, and Chloe, a dancer and
pink-loving princess.
“They are very happy little kids,”
says Dr. Martin. “As long as they
are happy, that’s all I care about.”
She and her husband have
created strong relationships in the
valley through their involvement
with their kids and their careers.
“We have a lot of very good
friends who we have met with
kids,” says Dr. Martin. “Every year,
we have a big crawfish boil with
a band and 200 to 300 pounds of
crawfish. There are usually at
least a hundred people who come,
and we try to invite the whole
hospital community.”
And when they’re not fixing
wounds, healing hearts, entertain-
ing and building snow forts, the
doctors still somehow find time to
get outside and play. In the winter,
she says she enjoys snowshoeing
up the mountain, while he’ll hit the
slopes for a few runs with friends.
“We are really active,” says Dr.
Martin. “We are always doing
something and there is not a lot of
lounge time.”
Happily Ever After
The couple made stained-glass as-
pen leaves for their wedding guests,
and they also breed Labrador
retriever puppies with their 7-year-
old lab Weezie. While nothing else
would seem to fit on this family’s
packed plate, the couple still makes
time to appreciate one another.
“Natalie is a very grounded
person,” says Dr. Joseph. “I think
she only really gets upset over
things that are worthy of getting
upset about. Maybe it’s a part of
seeing what she sees in the emer-
gency room, in that she keeps it
all relative.”
“He always keeps me on my feet,”
says Dr. Martin of her husband.
“He is always doing something
really off the wall and funny, and
his observations are very interest-
ing. He is also my best travel part-
ner in life, because I think we have
very similar interests and want to
see and do the same things.”
Any patient is in good hands
under the watch of both these
doctors, but Joseph says it’s a hard
day for anyone who has to see he
and his wife back-to-back.
“If there’s a patient that ever has
to see Natalie and I in the same
day, that’s just not a good day,” says
Dr. Joseph.
Sure it wouldn’t be a good day,
but on the flipside, they can cer-
tainly turn the situation around for
injured people.
“So many of the injuries in the
Vail Valley are broken things in
healthy people,” says Dr. Joseph.
“So I try to show them pretty
quickly that this is fixable, this is
healable. It’s a bump in the road
and in the end it’s going to work
out and be fine.”
Photos by Dominique Taylor
“So many of the injuries in the Vail
Valley are broken things in healthy
people. So I try to show them pretty
quickly that this is fixable, this is
healable.” ­—Dr. Terrell Joseph
Natalie Martin (below) and Terrell Joseph
(above) moved from New Orleans to
Vail after Hurricane Katrina. She is an
emergency room doctor at VVMC,
while he is a surgeon with Vail-Summit
Orthopaedics. They live in Vail with their
two children, Reece and Chloe, and the
family dog, Weezie.
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