New ER Doc at Riverside Credits Colonial Beach Junior VRS for Career Path

Tappahannock, Va. (July 29, 2013) – Riverside Tappahannock Hospital can thank the Colonial Beach Junior Volunteer Rescue Squad for the hospital's newest addition to the ER staff: Dr. Lisa Dodd.

As a young girl, she had dreamed of being a pediatrician, but everything changed when she began running emergency calls at age 15 as a member of the Colonial Beach Junior Volunteer Rescue Squad. The experience was an introduction to the medical field that altered the course of her life.  Lisa Dodd 2_opt

"I realized that I enjoy helping people during a crisis when they need help the most," said Dr. Dodd, who ran calls during the week and in the summer while earning a number of certifications such as First Responder, EMT and Cardiac Tech.

After graduating from the University of Virginia, she worked for AmeriCorp and then pursued a master's in sports medicine and completed her paramedic degree. Her D.O. medical degree, Doctor of Osteopathy, was earned at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va.

"I like the principles of osteopathy, which looks at the entire patient—mind, body and spirit—to determine the best treatment needed," she commented.

Dodd continued to run calls for Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and also for Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, even as she was working on her medical degree and doing a residency at the Medical College of Virginia. "Fortunately, I don't require a lot of sleep," she laughed, noting that most 12-hour shifts actually end up being 13-15 hours. "But I love it and wouldn't want to do anything else."

She believes that it's important for emergency personnel to understand that small kindnesses to the patients and the family members are just as important as the dramatic life-saving moments. "Being sick is the worst of times for everyone," she said. "The little things like listening and being respectful of family requests make such a big difference." 

"We're very proud that our Juniors program impacted her in such a positive manner," said Wesley Melson, Rescue Chief of CBVRS, who had known Dodd since high school and was in the Juniors program with her. "She will be a wonderful ER doctor!"

Published: August 8, 2013