Pediatric primary care
Dermatology procedures (removal of cysts, lipomas, lesions, laceration repair, wart treatments)
Pediatric and well child checks
Lifestyle modification (smoking cessation, weight loss)
Treatment of ADD
Board Certified in Family Medicine
Dr. Martin Vatheuer practices family medicine, taking care of children and adults of all ages. His special interests include dermatology (including skin procedures), pediatrics, sports medicine, travel medicine, prevention and wellness, and healthy lifestyle changes.
He joined EvergreenHealth Primary Care because of its deep commitment to exceptional patient care and its development of the medical home model of care, where each patient has a home at their primary care doctor's office and the care is coordinated using an electronic medical record.
I have been in practice 13 years, and my philosophy has developed over that time. My goal is to be patient-centered and down-to-earth. Prevention is a passion of mine-stopping problems before they start. I really try to understand where patients are coming from, and that involves really listening to the patient's story up front. I do a thorough exam. Then, when the diagnosis, or at least the appropriate tests to get to the right diagnosis are clear, the goal is to form a partnership with the patient, and figure out the best treatment plan together.
Naturally, we physicians are scientists, and we understand the anatomy and physiology behind a medical illness. But we also realize that patient's emotional health and their family/other relationships play a huge role in how health and illness are experienced. More recently, I have been lead to understand that the deepest level is often, in fact, spiritual. Prayer can be a powerful tool for healing.
I am passionate about my children. Together we play soccer, go hiking and skiing, play music, tell stories, read and learn about the world. I also enjoy travel, studying philosophy and the Bible, and great conversations with friends over a good meal. When I can, I enjoy improvising on the piano.
In the Community
I am the assistant coach for my son's soccer team, the Wild Wolves. I also serve on the board of the Vatheuer Family Foundation, which helps indigenous people of the mountains in Oaxaca, Mexico through developing apple and peach orchards. It also funds scholarships and cutting-edge stem cell research. Learn more at http://www.vatheuerfoundation.org.
University of Washington School of Medicine | Seattle, WA
Central Washington Family Medicine | Yakima, WA
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112 patients rated this physician.
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Reviewed on January 21, 2019 One thing I would request is that the assistant not be in the room (taking notes) while the patient is with the doctor. I did not feel comfortable and this is the one thing I would like to call out and may influence my decision making in future
Reviewed on January 2, 2019 Use of medical assistant in exam room was a bit weird/uncomfortable. Dealing with new Dr. plus medical note taker was a bit uncomfortable.
Reviewed on November 26, 2018 Dr. Vatheuer takes needed time to get to know me & my medical concerns. Very thorough & thoughtful!
Reviewed on November 21, 2018 Wonderful doctor
Reviewed on November 14, 2018 The only concern I have doesn't necessarily involve my provider but the way it appears EvergreenHealth is dealing with Type II diabetes. The approach seems to be very "cookie cutter" and not consistent with current thinking (ADA, ACE, ACP) regarding individual treatment goals. I do recall that several years ago the clinic MDs were incentivized to get all their HB-A1Cs below 7.0 which is no longer considered appropriate (by the previously cited professional organizations). I have a real problem with an HBA1c of 7.1 being labeled "diabetes out of control" when, in fact, it's just a number. Maybe with an MD now at the helm (and not a bean counter) we can actually move forward clinically.