Brett Argeris epitomizes the “hometown boy makes good”, a former Worland wrestling star now working as BMC’s only fulltime caretaker in the town where he once grew up.
“It’s fairly small town,” Brett says of Worland. “Most of the older people know me from my wrestling and football days. It’s all the people I grew up with. I went to school with someone and am now taking care of their parents or kids. It’s pretty satisfying for me, and really makes me a part of the community.”
Brett attended the University of Wyoming on a wrestling scholarship where both he and his older brother competed on the starting team. He earned a B.S. in Exercise Science, but later, after focusing more on sports than studies while at UW, decided to go back to school, graduating with a B.S. in Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
Brett then considered physical therapy, but soon learned of the opportunities existing for physician assistants. “As soon as I learned about what PAs did, I thought, that’s what I want to do!” Brett says.
In the meantime he had met his wife, a fellow “Wyoming gal,” and together they moved from Michigan back West where Brett attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana for Physician Assistant Studies.
Since graduating from Rocky, Brett has worked variously in orthopedics, urgent care, and family practice in Riverton, Worland, and Casper. In April 2014, he joined BMC, becoming the Worland PA for the clinic’s three orthopedic surgeons.
“It’s amazing,” Brett says. “I think Dr. Schmidt and the other surgeons have done something very few people can do. They treat everyone like family.”
Brett has much independence and responsibility being the only permanent BMC caregiver in Worland. He rises to the challenge professionally, but also feels comfortable in how long he has played such a role.
“It would be difficult to do in a specialty like orthopedics without having such close access to the surgeons and other PAs,” Brett explains. “With them coming down often and always being able to reach them, I can pick up the phone, and they immediately help if there is a situation. The benefit to the community is the expertise and access they get to so many different backgrounds and expertise from everyone in the group.”
Family plays an important role in Brett’s life, and he loves spending time with his daughter Brenna and wife Marcy, who is an attorney in Worland. The family has a cabin above Tensleep, Wyoming where they love to snowmobile and stay in the winter. They also enjoy hunting, fishing, four wheeling, and any activity that summons them into the mountains.
Woodworking marks one of Brett’s greatest passions. He recently remodeled a new home the family purchased, gutting out the interior and redoing its entirety.
“I built my staircases all out of wood, which I’m really proud of,” Brett says. “Someday I’ll get it done and have everyone come see. But now my daughter wants me to build a pool…”
Whether or not Brett’s daughter gets her pool, father and daughter will continue to attend Worland High School athletic events together where Brett is always available to examine players who incur injuries.
Community and family values are paramount in Brett’s life, and he ensures those values carry over to his professional life at BMC.
“My patients are important to me. I have a real personal interest in them and their lives and their families as a whole,” Brett says. “I have a good understanding of the lifestyle here in our community. As important as my work is, that’s how important family is to me.”
Brett appreciates that he is not the only BMC caregiver who embodies such personal patient care.
“It’s just kind of how the whole group is,” Brett says. “It’s like a big family. It just seems like it’s a lot more personal than just you do your job and that’s it. It’s so much more.”
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