MOULTRIE, GA – Catherine Cravey, MD, grew up just down the road in the countryside of Hawkinsville, Georgia. With both parents working in the medical field, Cravey knew from an early age that practicing medicine was his passion.
“I am the daughter of pharmacists and have always had a love for medicine,” Cravey said. “I worked in the pharmacy at a very young age alongside my mother and father. They instilled in me values, morals and a love of service to others.
As she grew older, she set out on a path that would eventually lead her near the starting point of her journey.
Cravey attended Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and certification in Wound, Ostomy, and Incontinence Nursing. She then attended the medical school of the Trinity School of Medicine in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
When it came time to choose a residency program, rural family medicine was at the top of Cravey’s checklist, and the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency program had it all. Even at the start of the selection process, Cravey felt this was the program she was supposed to participate in.
“I knew immediately during my interview that Georgia South was the place for me,” Cravey said. “Everyone was very welcoming and I felt right at home. The hospital staff and administration are so invested in the success of the residency program. I really appreciate the progressive mindset given that the hospital is located in a rural area. Helping bring quality health care to underserved communities in Central and South Georgia is extremely important to me, and that’s exactly what I see Colquitt Regional accomplishing. “
In addition to serving a rural population, Georgia South has also provided them with the opportunity to provide family medicine care, which provides a wide range of practice opportunities. Her hometown and her upbringing are two of the main reasons she chose this specialty.
“Growing up in a rural community and as the daughter of local drugstore owners, I got to know family physicians in my hometown early on,” Cravey said. “I have been so inspired and fortunate to develop mentorships with some of the best full spectrum rural family physicians. Additionally, I have a passion for chronic disease management given my love for wound care. In my opinion, these go hand in hand.
When asked about her experience in Georgia South so far, Cravey has nothing but excellent remarks and comments. She is also very confident that Georgia South is preparing her for success now and later in her career.
“My time in Georgia South, so far, has exceeded my expectations,” Cravey said. “It is obvious that everyone is fully committed to my success, both professionally and personally. Faculty, staff and residents enjoy teaching and working well as a team. As an incoming resident, I am given sufficient autonomy, but I also feel completely supported by my preceptors and attending physicians.
Cravey says her long-term goals include practicing family medicine as part of primary care as well as integrating wound care and hyperbaric medicine into her practice, particularly in South Georgia.
When you’re not a medical practitioner, you may find Cravey traveling, scuba diving, cooking, or baking.