Get to Know Family Medicine Physician Dr. Angel Justice

December 18, 2018

Why did you want to become a doctor?

I wanted to become a doctor because I was always fascinated by how the body works. Also, when I was 9 years-old, my Grandpa passed away from laryngeal cancer after many years of smoking. I remembered that huge oxygen tank by his bed, as he couldn’t walk or talk, and I also couldn’t remember his voice. I wanted to grow up and help others stay healthy so they wouldn’t have a memory like that.

Where did you go to medical school?

I attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of having The Lord in my life, a beautiful and loving marriage to my wonderful husband, and never letting fear win. Also, fulfilling the dream I had as a 5 year-old of becoming a doctor.

Why did you choose to work in Southwest Virginia?

I chose to work in Southwest Virginia after getting married to the love of my life last fall and moving to Richlands where my husband already lived.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy going to concerts (I am a die-hard Bob Dylan fan), traveling, spending time with my family, watching television, or I can be found enjoying a good nap!

Do you have any Pets?

My husband and I have two pets, a dog named Jazz and a turtle named Homer.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

My favorite vacation spots are Hawaii and Myrtle Beach.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I see myself right here in Richlands, with my husband, as an active member of our community, providing high-quality care to the citizens of Tazewell County.

How often do I need to see a family care doctor if I am healthy?

For healthy adults, I generally recommend at least an annual visit to review any necessary screening exams and vaccinations that are due. There are other times to see the doctor if someone is healthy, such as before travel, if a genetic disorder is discovered in the family, or before starting an exercise program or new supplement/vitamin, just to name a few. And never forget, if symptoms arise that persist or linger, go see your doctor, because you live in your body and know it best.

How often do I need to check/change my medications?

Medications need to be checked/reviewed at every office visit/admission/discharge or any time there is a question about them. Patients can also review their medications with their pharmacist. If a patient is going to start a supplement or vitamin, these also need to be reviewed for any possible interactions with their prescribed medications. This also includes any herbal and OTC preparations, which often are not included in patients’ medication lists. I always advocate that patients keep an updated, complete medication list with them at all times in the event that they need emergent care. Medications may need changed if there is any allergic reaction, interaction between medications, or adverse reaction to the medication. If ever there is a question about a medication or its possible side effects/interactions, do not hesitate to speak up about your concerns.