MARSHALL – Even when she was a kid growing up in Branch County, Jackalyn Govier knew she wanted to be a doctor.
Now she’s joining the Oaklawn Medical Group and will practice at its locations in Tekonsha and Olivet.
The former Jackalyn Macklin was born and raised in Quincy, where she graduated from high school.
“If you ask my parents, the earliest that I said I wanted to be a doctor was while I was in third grade,” said Govier, now 38. “At the time, I didn’t have anyone in the family involved in the medical field, so I don’t know where that came from.”
Govier said she maintained a healthy interest in the sciences while attending high school, and graduated cum laude in 1998 from Albion College with a bachelor of arts in biology.
Over two years during that time, she worked summers and weekends as a certified nurse’s aide at a nursing home in Coldwater.
“Being a nurse’s aide is one of the hardest jobs out there,” she said. “I really admire people who can do that.”
Govier went on to receive her degree in osteopathic medicine in 2003 from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Penn.
Govier served as an intern with an emphasis in family medicine at the Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater, and in 2005-06 served as chief resident in family medicine at the same institution.
Afterward, Govier served as a family medicine physician from 2006-07 at Family Practice and Orthopedic Care Center in Coldwater; from 2007-08 at Lakeshore Medical Center in Whitehall; from 2008-14 at the Union City Medical Center in Union City; and from 2014 until recently at Three Rivers Health Family Care at White Pigeon.
Govier is board certified in family medicine by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Michigan Osteopathic Association, the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Now she is coming to Olivet and Tekonsha, and to the Marshall-based Oaklawn Medical Group, in communities that remind her strongly of her small-town roots in Quincy.
Govier and her husband John reside in Girard. The couple have three children ranging in age from six months to 9 years.
In fact, the couple frequently met at Marshall-area restaurants during the time that they were dating, Govier said.
“I definitely prefer the small-town feel,” she said. “My husband works in Battle Creek so it’s a nice middle ground for us.”
The couple enjoy “anything that involves the children,” she said, adding that she and her husband spend a lot of time doing family activities.
“My parents and brothers are still in the area, and we like to go out boating, swimming and fishing,” she said.
The Tekonsha office at 2218 Old US-27 North may be reached at (517) 767-4038 and the Olivet office at 202 N. Main St. may be reached at (269) 749-2131.
“Augmenting our medical staff at these important locations allows Oaklawn to further solidify its commitment to these communities in our service area, as well as expand the primary care access that the Oaklawn Medical Group offers to its patients,” said the group’s Executive Director, Mark Montross. “Jackalyn has a strong reputation with her patients, and she demonstrates the compassion we expect from all of our providers in the Oaklawn Medical Group.”
People who would like to receive help in finding a family-practice physician or being referred to another Oaklawn Medical Group physician may call 1-888-OAKLAWN (625-5296).