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Mark Benson, DO, is Board Certified in Family Medicine. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Benson completed his residency at Oakland General Hospital. After working as an emergency room physician for many years, Dr. Benson started his family medicine practice, working with his wife – also a family medicine physician, more than 19 years ago in Palm Desert.
Growing up in rural Iowa, Dr. Benson excelled in science and was encouraged to pursue a career in medicine. “Medicine was always on my ‘radar screen,’” says Dr. Benson. “I always wanted to be a family medicine doctor and pursued that in medical school and in my residency program, but was also interested in emergency medicine.”
In commenting on patient care, Dr. Benson states, “It is vital to treat a patient as a whole person and as part of a family dynamic. Keeping the ‘big picture’ in mind when treating a patient for a specific issue is critical to long-term healing. Focusing only on the specific disease state or organ involved is short-sighted as there is usually systemic effect on the entire body.”
Dr. Benson is a believer in laughter as a healing agent. “I think everyone should laugh at least once each day. If you have gone through a day without laughing at least once, you have wasted a day,” he states.
- Family Medicine*
- Coll of Osteo Med/Surgery
- Garden Cty Osteo Hospital
- Oakland General Hospital
- American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine