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Working in Clark County: David McQuivey, men’s health care practitioner

By , Columbian staff writer
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Dave McQuivey sits in one of the exam rooms Wednesday afternoon at Man Alive Clinic at 9430 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive.
Dave McQuivey sits in one of the exam rooms Wednesday afternoon at Man Alive Clinic at 9430 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

David McQuivey once considered a career in aviation and international business relations. But coming from a family of health care providers, a path toward that field “just seemed more comfortable.” Observing the tendency of men to neglect or ignore their own health care concerns, McQuivey, a physician assistant, started Man Alive, a clinic dedicated to help them focus on preventive health. He hopes the clinic is “the wake-up call” before a major health care crisis that affects men and their loved ones. “Guys will be guys, so it’s sometimes hard for them to make the decision to go to a doctor’s office. We want to provide a comfortable environment that accommodates efficient visits where they’ll feel heard and listened to.”

Name: David McQuivey.

Job title: Partner, practitioner (PA-C) and CIO (chief inspirational officer).

Residence city: Ridgefield.

Business name: Man Alive, LLC. A premiere health care clinic for men.

Business address: 9430 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver.

Information: 360-984-5806, manaliveclinic.com

Age: 48.

Educational/professional background: Attended the University of Utah and Touro College, where I minored in Japanese and studied pre-med, receiving a Bachelor of Science, PA-C (certified physician assistant). My professional focus is general medicine and men’s health with an emphasis on endocrinology. I’ve been a certified physician assistant for more than 20 years in general and specialized medicine. I have lived and worked in the greater Vancouver area since 1990. We left twice briefly; however, the Northwest and family seemed to call us home.

How and when you got started in your business: Man Alive, LLC is the culmination of many years of thought and deliberation realized in 2015 through a local partnership and private investment. The idea came from the observation of health care neglect by guys, and the need for efficient and effective health care delivery for men. As a health care provider for more than 20 years and a witness to the benefits and flaws of our current health care delivery system, I believe we have much room for improvement, which has led to this endeavor.

Personal/business philosophy: I possess a genuine concern for others, I believe it is imperative that we provide a proactive and preventive approach to health care delivery rather than the traditional reactive approach. Our goal is to provide a health care model that will inform individuals and help improve their quality of life.

Most rewarding part of job: Witnessing positive change in the lives of those we serve and their loved ones.

Most challenging part of job: Promoting a new healthcare delivery model. Attracting patients and helping them as well as health care providers understand our purpose and philosophy. Also, the importance of taking care of one’s health is greater than taking care of temporary pleasures or things, i.e., a car or truck.

Something surprising about your work: Man Alive is the first dedicated men’s health care clinic in Clark County.

Best feature of my Clark County community: Hands down, it’s the people!

What would make your community a better place: Watch out closely for neighbors and friends and, without judgment, encourage them to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

Your favorite travel destination and type: A cruise on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Favorite restaurant/pub/coffee shop/store: Golden City Chinese restaurant off Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. A hidden gem.

Hobbies: Golf, exercise, sporting participant and spectator, aviation, cooking, hiking, travel.

Most enjoyable book/play/movie/arts event in past 12 months: Movie — “The Revenant.” Reading — multiple medical journals and papers. Can you believe that? How boring. That’s what happens when you start a new business; you don’t have time to do some of these things.

Something you’d like to do this year/within five years: This year — take a brief vacation, anywhere. Within five years — play golf at St. Andrews in Scotland or go to the Masters.

One word to describe yourself: Genuine.

Person you’d most like to meet: Pearl Hansen, my maternal grandmother. She passed away just before I was born. Reason: for the incredible person she was and the profound influence she had on my mother, father and older siblings. It would allow me to thank her for the legacy she has left behind.

Columbian staff writer

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