Q: Where are the best places for beach-loving physicians to live and practice?
“I would recommend the Kirkland, Wash., area. I was just up visiting the Seattle area and learned that there are 164 islands off the coast of Washington.” —Dawn Golden, Catalina Medical Recruiters, physician and advance practice provider search consultant
“I recommend Florida’s Emerald Coast (from Pensacola to Panama City)—you can’t go wrong! This area is a great place to live, work and play year round!” —Karen Pope, HCA Physician Recruiter, Northwest Florida Panhandle Market
“Check out Crystal Beach in Destin, Fla. This is a series of small neighborhoods with brick streets and miniature Victorian mansions.”
—Mike Merrion, Merrion HealthCare Solutions, LLC
“I recommend beach cities in Southern California: Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Palos Verdes. I have been practicing here for the past eight years, and really love it. Living and working in paradise.” —Shahinaz Soliman, M.D., medical director of Soliman Care Family Practice Center, Inc.
“Nova Scotia has plenty of beautiful beaches from which to choose. We have over 4,000 miles of coastline…you’re never very far from a great beach!” —Joanne MacKinnon, physician recruiter, Nova Scotia Department of Health—Physician Services
“Port Clinton and Marblehead, Ohio, have some of the greatest freshwater fishing (perch and walleye) as well as beaches. This would be for those who have some distaste for the salt of the oceans and enjoy the four seasons—including ice fishing!” —Kathy Gallogly, LPC, physician recruitment and volunteer services manager, Magruder Hospital
“Michigan is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes and contains more than 11,000 freshwater inland lakes! With over 40,000 square miles of water surface within its boundaries, you’re guaranteed to hit a beautiful beach any direction you travel or live in Michigan!” —Alison S. Smith, physician recruiting coordinator, Southwestern Michigan Emergency Services, PC, Kalamazoo, Mich.