Sept. 18, 2013 — For the first time in a very long time, Carter County has a pediatrician.
Dr. Jonathan Maynard is a Martin County native and a graduate of Marshall University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Most of all, he understands the need for specialized care in Eastern Kentucky.
Maynard did his residency in North Carolina and quickly discovered a passion for pediatric care.
“Pediatrics was the one thing I woke up every morning happy to do in med school,” Maynard said. “Pediatrics is fun and makes me happy.”
Out of residency, Maynard was recruited to work for Kings’ Daughters Medical Center. He worked at the Cedar Knoll facility and then opened a clinic in Flatwoods for a brief period.
Maynard said he kept seeing children from Carter County and realized there was a need in this area.
“I wanted to give people the same level of care they would get in the bigger cities without having to drive that far,” Maynard said. “It is easier for me to drive to Grayson than it is for my patients to take a day off work to drive a half-hour each way just for a cold or allergies. That's frustrating for parents. I would rather be right in their back yard.”
As a result, he established Grayson Pediatrics in the KDMC clinic near Kentucky Christian University. The family care physician on site was able to hand over his younger clients.
“They are swamped with patients so I already have a good established patient load,” Maynard said. “I had a small number of patients in this area that have followed me here but there are already some working with family care and we are accepting new patients as well.”
Maynard says working with children is more of a challenge because they can't always explain what is wrong.