Rich and Rebecca Matthews, both doctors of physical therapy, joined the rehabilitation therapy department at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in July.
“We’re thankful and honored to be part of the health care team here,” said Rebecca.
The Matthews were looking to practice in a rural area with a small-town lifestyle, according to the couple.
Rebecca grew up on a wheat farm near Heppner, graduating from Ione High School. Rich has lived in several states, most recently Alaska, so was undeterred by Wallowa County’s remote location.
In addition, Rebecca’s sister, Amy Shaffeld and her husband Dr. Tyler Shaffeld, live in Wallowa County.
The couple also loves the outdoor lifestyle, citing hunting, fishing, camping, mountain climbing and hiking among their interests. Rebecca enjoys horsebackriding, as well as music; she plays the harp and the piano.
“We really like the area,” said Rich. “Low traffic, friendly people, a strong sense of community. We’d only been here a few weeks when we went to the Chief Joseph Days Grand Parade, and already people recognized us and said hello.”