Dr. Marissa Stewart-Jaynes was raised in Trigg County, Kentucky, where she graduated from Trigg County High School in 2002. She attended Kentucky Wesleyan College where she was a James Graham Brown Scholar, member of Kappa Delta Sorority and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed family medicine residency in Madisonville. Today, she practices family medicine at Mercy Primary Care – Reidland, affiliated with Lourdes. Dr. Marissa Stewart-Jaynes is married and has two boys, eight and two years old, who she spends her time with when she is away from her medical practice.
- What inspired you to become a doctor?
I was raised in rural western Kentucky in a very tight-knit family. I knew that whatever career path I chose, I wanted it to bring me back home to raise my family. In high school, I began to explore career options as I was deciding on colleges and higher education. It just seemed fitting that I would become a doctor to fulfill my future aspirations. During my first summer of college, I was able to participate in Rural Health Scholar programs where I got hands-on experience in healthcare. I knew after that experience that I chose the best career path for me. I loved the draw of the medical field and that it could allow me to return close to home and serve the community that helped to raise me and mold me into the person I am today.
- What is your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about my job is being able to care for several generations within the same family. I have several families where I care for their newborns all the way to the elderly members of their family. It is very rewarding to know that those families have placed their trust in me for their health. I also enjoy building life-long relationships with my patients. The amazing part of family medicine is that once we have established a relationship, we don’t ever have to lose that relationship with that patient due to age limits or specialty limits. I also can grow with the patient, which makes for amazing bonding.
- How do you see the medical community helping Paducah and its residents?
I think as a medical community, it is our responsibility to be leaders as well as advocates for our patients and our community as a whole. It should be our priority to make sure Paducah and surrounding counties continue to thrive and be the healthiest versions of themselves.