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1. Name, function and company: Stetson Albertson, dermatologist, South Albertson Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center
2. What does your business do and what are your responsibilities? We are a general dermatology medical practice. We treat all skin conditions, from acne and warts to eczema and skin cancer and everything in between. If it’s on your skin, we can help. I am an attending physician and owner of the practice.
3. Where were you born and when is your birthday (no need to indicate the year)? I was born in Idaho Falls on May 4th.
4. How long have you lived in eastern Idaho and what city do you live in now? I was born and raised in eastern Idaho. I left for a few years during my medical training but always looked forward to coming back to the area. We currently live in my hometown of Hamer.
5. Tell us about your first job after high school / college. My first job after high school was farming and ranching for Jacobs Land and Livestock in Hamer.
6. What’s the best business decision you’ve ever made? Opening of a dermatology practice in eastern Idaho.
7. Tell us about your family. I have been married to my wife for 13 years. We are the proud parents of five beautiful children. We have three girls and two boys aged 2 to 9. Without my wife Kara, we wouldn’t survive.
8. Tell us about a movie or book that has inspired you the most in life. “Oh, the places you’ll go,” by Dr Seuss. I heard it once at graduation many years ago and found it interesting. But now when I read it I can’t believe how true it is. No matter how “smart” and “footsy” you are, there will be “hang ups”, “bang-ups” and “slumps”. So don’t wait with the “waiters” for something to happen or mix your right foot with your left and then “you will succeed 98 and ¾ percent guaranteed”. I’ll take these chances.
9. Tell us about a lesson you learned from a mistake you made in your career / business. I have learned that patience is important. Sometimes I was impatient and tried to force things or rush decisions. But sometimes you just have to let things unfold in front of you and trust the process.
10. What goal do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months? I hope to have a successful and sustainable dermatology practice within a year. I also hope to buy a house within this time frame. Unfortunately, we entered the market at a bad time.
11. What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you are doing? Work hard and don’t give up. Whenever they knock you down, get up right away. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from those around you. There are always people ready to lend a hand, just let them do it.
12. If you could start all over again, what would you do differently? Rather be a rodeo cowboy. Not really. I am kidding. Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing. I am very happy with my choice of career even though there have been times when I have wondered what I got myself into.
13. What is your favorite place to eat in eastern Idaho? Stockman’s restaurant
14. Tell us something surprising about yourself. I’m addicted to team lassoing. No matter how many times I win or lose, I always go back. It’s an addiction by definition, I think. My grandmother calls it an incurable disease that I inherited from my grandfather Lyle. She might be right, but it’s a chronic disease, so you just have to accept it.
15. How do you like your potatoes? I love them in every way, much like Forrest Gump and his prawns. But if I had to choose one, I would choose cooked and loaded. Hold the chives.
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