Sept. 15, 2016
Dr. David Lambrix joins Oaklawn Medical Group in move from former practice
MARSHALL – Dr. David Lambrix looks forward to a new chapter in his life and career, having embarked in a new direction in his medical work here.
Lambrix has joined the Oaklawn Medical Group as a part-time family-practice physician, after the medical group purchased the practice Lambrix launched here in 1978. In his new capacity, he is expected to work on a rotation basis at several of the medical group’s regional locations.
Lambrix, who lives in Marshall with his wife Kathleen, explained that the transition will allow him to devote more time to his family, including his parents in the Detroit area and adult children living in Colorado and Florida.
“I felt it was time for a little slowdown,” Lambrix said. “I’m in for a change.”
Lambrix’s former practice staff will join Oaklawn providers at the medical group’s Marshall Primary Care practice, formerly Richardson Family Practice in the Wright Medical Building at 215 E. Mansion St.
The medical group purchased Richardson’s practice in April, and George Seifert, M.D., joined the practice to see his own established patients, as well as the patients of Dr. Mark Richardson. In August, family-practice physician Sami Ahmed, M.D., and Kayleigh Schwartz, a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, joined Marshall Primary Care’s medical team in preparation for the Lambrix transition.
Lambrix said Ahmed’s assumption of his patients has made the transition “quite easy and comfortable,” adding his belief that his former patients will discover Ahmed to be extremely well-trained and pleasant to work with.
“Closing my practice was more sadness than excitement because of all the patients I’ve had over the years – many of them for 20 years, and some for over 30 years – and because of my office staff, most of whom have been with me about 25 years on average,” he said.
Lambrix praised that staff’s work for their focus on every task, their persistence in providing the best care possible and their lengthy service with him.
“You build a pretty good relationship that way,” he said. “They’ve got me pretty well trained by now.”
Born and reared in the Detroit area, Lambrix completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, completed his residency at the Grand Rapids Medical Education Center and is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Lambrix recalled that, in the 1970s during an outreach program for second-year medical students, he spent 10 weeks in Marshall, working in part with a former longtime Marshall physician, Dr. Frank Burris.
“He turned me on to family practice and to the community of Marshall,” Lambrix said. “As of right then, I planned to come back.”
Those plans worked out precisely as he’d anticipated after his residency in Grand Rapids, and Lambrix has spent his entire working life as a physician in Marshall.
In his spare time, Lambrix enjoys fishing in the Upper Peninsula, plays golf occasionally and pampers the two dogs and five cats that he and his wife care for at home.
“Dr. Lambrix has been a formidable part of the Marshall health-care community for decades, and we feel very fortunate that he has chosen to join us at the Oaklawn Medical Group to enhance our own services,” said Mark Montross, Executive Director of the medical group.
“Knowing that his outstanding medical skills will continue to be available in this area is a great blessing for our community,” Montross said.
As the successor in Lambrix’s practice, Ahmed is working out of Marshall Primary Care in the Wright Medical Building at 215 E. Mansion St., Marshall. Those seeking appointments may call (269) 781-3938.