July 12, 2016
Internal medicine physician Stacey Watson joins Oaklawn Medical Group
MARSHALL – For a time, it seemed to Stacey E. Watson that she could be destined to work in a laboratory.
But she wasn’t sure that should be her fate. In fact, she made a choice to work directly with people instead.
Today, she’s an internal medicine physician with the Oaklawn Medical Group, which she joined in late June. She now works out of the offices of Marshall Internal & Family Medicine at 720 Old U.S. 27 North and Oaklawn’s office at 14231 Beadle Lake Road, Battle Creek.
It wasn’t so clear-cut in 1992, however. That’s when the New Mexico native was forced to think deeply about what she might do with the Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry she’d just received from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life when I graduated,” she said. “I didn’t want to be in a lab with a petri dish. I liked being around people, the human interaction – and to see practical results in people.
“I also liked the depth of information that you learn with internal medicine,” she said, and vowed that she would go on to earn her medical degree.
Stacey had met Michigan native Bruce Watson, who’d come to New Mexico as a student; they married in 1994.
The new Mrs. – and eventual Dr. – Watson completed her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1996 at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. They subsequently moved to Michigan, where Stacey completed her residency in internal medicine in 1999 at Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.
Watson now looks forward to working full-time at delivering direct patient care as well as being a part of a supportive team environment in Calhoun County.
“Dr. Watson has a wealth of experience in primary care,” said Mark Montross, Executive Director of the Oaklawn Medical Group. “She is passionate about quality patient care, compassionate and easy to speak to – a perfect addition to the Oaklawn Medical Group.”
Watson said she enjoys cooking, especially with the vegetables she grows in her garden. She describes Mexican food as one of her specialties in view of her heritage in the U.S. Southwest. The family also enjoys boating, tubing, swimming and kayaking at their cottage near Big Rapids.
From 1999 to 2007, Watson was associated with Portage Physicians PC, an internal-medicine practice. Watson more recently was Vice President of Clinical Integration & Quality at Borgess Medical Center, which she served as an internal medicine physician since 2008, working with patients experiencing chronic pain and undertaking chronic disease management and acute symptom management.
Watson also has served as a clinical assistant professor at Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has been active in the Women in Medicine and Science Group as well as the Kalamazoo County Cancer Coalition.
In 2008, Watson and her husband – a sound engineer for Portage-based Stage Lighting & Sound – established a faith-based mission project called Homes of Promise to assist homeless children in Paraguay. The project is connected with Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, which the Watsons attend, and occasionally takes the couple to Paraguay.
Watson said she plans to commute from her longtime home in Galesburg, where she lives with her husband and two children, ages 11 and 16.
Appointments with Watson in Marshall may be made by calling (269) 781-6600, and in Battle Creek at (269) 962-0441.