Dr. Jones is originally from Logan, UT and has been with our American Fork OB/GYN Group since 2014! He graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010, followed by residency in Ohio at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Spending time with family and skiing are a few of his favorite things. He loves working at Valley and we know that you love him too! We hope you enjoy getting to know him more!
What is your favorite part about being an OB/GYN?
My very favorite thing, in all honesty, is to diagnose twins. When you find twins on an ultrasound, the reaction is universally priceless! It doesn’t matter if they are happy or upset or they think it’s funny, it’s always priceless. That’s probably my very favorite thing.
On the gynecologic side, I enjoy surgery. I love taking a problem, like a bad tracing or placental previa, and being able to fix it with surgery. Taking a women to the operating room and helping her feel better almost immediately is rewarding.
On the obstetrics side, I really like the procedural stuff—vaginal deliveries, cesarian sections. It’s just a really fun job!
Why did you choose to work with Valley Women’s Health?
I had a contract that I was ready to sign for Pocatello, Idaho. It was a cool group up there that I liked and we were trying to decide if Pocatello was the right place. There was another group in Layton that had given me a contract as well. We were trying to decide between the two. In trying to keep my options open, since those jobs didn’t feel quite right, I called Valley up and set up an interview. I told them I was really interested in finding the right place and after meeting the group of doctor’s here, I knew I’d accept an offer if they gave me one. I really, really like this group. There’s so much growth here and it’s an excellent place to practice Obstetrics. I think this practice is phenomenal. We take care of a lot of women and we do it as efficiently as possible. I think we do a nice job!
What is the benefit of a group practice?
When a patient comes in and asks about that specifically, I tell them that if they want to see only one or two doctors throughout their pregnancy, they can do that. I have patients that only want to see me and there are many patients that only want to see the the other providers as well. We also try to make it available to them for us to do the deliver. To me, it’s not that big of a deal. The group practice model is set up so everyone can see you, but if you have patients that want to see only one provider, particularly for people that have had a prior complicated pregnancy, a complicated issue a the beginning of their pregnancy or they’re comfortable seeing whoever took care of them throughout that, that’s totally fine. We really try to make that work for the patients.
But it’s not a solo practice and I think everyone coming here should understand that. If one of the doctor’s is out of town, then the other docs are going to fill in for them. I think it’s great that people still want to see soloists, there’s just not going to be very many. The strain of being an OB/GYN is really hard on families. Utah county is the busiest obstetrics spot in the country, per capita. A group practice makes it possible for us to not get burnt out and really enjoy our jobs.
What do you wish all women could know?
That’s a tough question. One thing that I counsel patients on a lot about during pregnancy is giving up control. That is really hard for some people, especially those that are type A personalities. I’m a type A personality. It is extremely difficult for me to be able to give up control of anything in my life. Once you become pregnant you can do some things like exercise or improve your health choices. But there are other things during pregnancy that you aren’t going to be able to control. When women figure that out, it makes the process of being pregnant a lot less stressful. It’s mostly women that are like me, that are just so Type A and want to have control over their life and everything like that. It’s usually the first pregnancy that’s the hardest in that way.
Has there been a patient or family that you’ve connected with?
When I get thank you cards, I try to leave some in my office that are meaningful to me. The best thank you card I’ve ever received, hands down, was from a patient who came in with a miscarriage and didn’t know she was miscarrying. It was a routine prenatal visit around 13-14 weeks. I did my regular miscarriage counseling and kind of walked her through the whole process. She was upset, but handled it pretty well. When she came in for her follow-up check up, she brought in a thank you card that was one of the most heartfelt cards I’ve ever received. Ultimately she thanked me for helping her through a very traumatic experience. In that moment, I realized that we do so much for women in the happiest days of their lives, but almost anyone can deliver a baby. It’s when things go south that our training really matters. If I can be the guy who helps a woman through a difficult experience and they walk away feeling hopeful and helped, then that makes me feel really good. That was probably the most memorable experience I’ve had with a patient. We’ve delivered a baby since then with her. She’s awesome!
Tell us about your family.
My wife, Ann, and I have been married since 2004 (14 years). She is a violinist and was playing at a wedding in Cedar City, UT where I went to school at Southern Utah University. After we were married, she was accepted into the Nursing program at Dixie State College. We lived in Cedar City and she would drive down to school. She worked as a Registered Nurse while I was in medical school in Des Moines, Iowa.
We had our first child, Brodie, during medical school in Iowa. Our second, Macie, and third, Lucy, were born in Ohio during residency. And Ellie, our youngest daughter was born here in Utah. Dr. Lamoreaux took care of Ann and delivered Ellie. We were recently watching videos from those early years and it was such a different time for us. We didn’t have anything, but we didn’t know because we had each other and it was really fun! Now we are in Utah and paying off loans!
What is your favorite treat?
My favorite candy is Good N Plenty, which is really odd to most people. It’s like a grandpa treat. I think I got used to snacking on it with my grandma when I was a kid and still really like it. My wife will buy me a fresh bag every once in a while.
I also drink a lot of Vitamin Water Zero. I’m not much of a “drink” person, but my wife is. Water is usually my go to.
What is something patients don’t know about you?
I’m a super avid skier! It’s probably my biggest passion in the world outside of my family. I ski almost every post-call day in the winter time and have a season pass to Sundance. My kids are in lessons at Brighton on Saturday’s in January, so we ski there too. I also go Heli-skiing up in Canada with my brother and a couple friends. It’s kind of my glamorous hobby that I don’t share with too many people. We go for a week and I’m hoping to get my wife up there soon. Logan, Utah is where I grew up so we skied at Beaver Mountain. I would say that Beaver Mountain is second to nowhere. It’s like home when I am there.
What is something that puts you in a good mood?
My favorite thing in the whole is when I come home and my kids run out to the garage to give me a hug! More than anything else, that’s the thing that will put a smile on my face. Skiing, too. When I go skiing for the first time of the season, I always have a huge smile within the first turn.
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