Meet your Primary Urgent Care Medical Director, Dr. Rebecca LaValley, MD.
How did you get started in the medical field?
I have always wanted to be involved in medicine and in helping people. I did New Visions through BOCES in high school and through that experience I landed a job during the summers through college working at the ARC in one of their day programs. I truly enjoyed that work and helping people with special needs is still a special interest area of mine. I then went to LeMoyne College and graduated with a BS in Biology while working as a secretary at Crouse ER and as an EMT in Syracuse. I then pursued my medical degree from SUNY Upstate and graduated in 2012. After 8 years in Syracuse I decided to come home to the Mohawk Valley to do my Family Medicine Residency at St Elizabeth’s and I’m very grateful for my time and experience there.
My parents taught me that you can do anything you put your mind to. They did not graduate from College but have worked very hard to provide a wonderful life for me and they believed in me. Start small, start somewhere and keep pushing to reach your goals and dream.
What is your favorite thing about your job at Primary Urgent Care
The greatest reward in medicine is helping someone feel better and once in a while even saving a life. There is no greater satisfaction than thinking you may have played a small role in helping a family have their loved one for another day.
What do you love most about being in Central New York?
I was born at St Luke’s and through training delivered several newborns there as well. It is such an amazing experience for everything to come full circle. I love my hometown and I’m proud to be from here and to offer quality healthcare in our area. We live in a beautiful area that is wonderful to raise a family. Within a 2-4 hour drive are so many amazing places to visit like the Adirondacks, Niagara Falls, Boston or New York City.
The small community feel is important to me. We are all just neighbors trying to help each other out. We strive to treat our patients at Primary Urgent Care like family.
How do you spend your free time?
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Eric and we have 3 girls and two more children on the way. Every minute that I’m not working is spent with my family enjoying all the area has to offer. We love spending time in the Adirondacks during the summer months and going to Utica Comets games during the winter.