CHRIS LILLEGARD – MEDICAL ASSISTANT & CLINICAL LEAD

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Gladstone, OR, outside of Oregon City. In 2003, I moved to Eugene where I went to the UofO (Go Ducks!). Then I moved over the mountains to Central Oregon in 2013.

Why did you choose this profession?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a paramedic or trauma surgeon. Anatomy and physiology and medicine has always been my thing. I started collecting A&P books in high school, and I wanted to study kinesiology. What I’ve really come to enjoy about this profession are the relationships I have built with patients and coworkers alike. They’re all extended family.

What are your hobbies?

Primarily fishing, but I also love adventuring with my son and husband, horseback riding, fishing, drawing/painting, reading, watching John Wayne movies with my son, photography, weight-lifting, cooking…did I mention fishing?

What is something quirky/interesting about you?

I’m obsessed with The Wizard of Oz. I have coffee mugs, ruby red slipper socks, Christmas ornaments, figurines, early-edition prints of the books, artwork. By the time I was 4 years old I could recite the entire movie word for word. Back when VHS was a thing, I would watch it on repeat, and I went through three or four tapes. I love that movie! I also speak German, was the only girl on my high school’s hockey team, and I’m related to two former US Presidents.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Even though I’ve always had a love for the medical field, I actually have a bachelor’s degree in history. I specialized in pre-colonial Central and South American tribes through the inquisition. So Aztecs, Mayans, Incans and their sub-cultures. I love history and actively seek out abandoned homesteads and wagon trails to explore. I would love to get my PhD and teach college-level history courses.