Meet Dr. Christie Leal
Dr. Christie Leal was an 8th grade English teacher in Lawton, Oklahoma for 15 years before going to medical school. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11 happened, she and Mike, her husband, talked about all the dreams that were never fulfilled because of that tragedy. Her dream was always to be a medical doctor and Mike said he would follow her in pursuing her dream.
At the recommendation of a friend, Dr. Leal chose the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from there in 2011. She practiced three years in the New York area, completing her family medical internship at Long Beach Medical Center in 2012 that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy and did not reopen. In January of 2015, she completed her family medicine residency in South Nassau Communities Hospital, located in Oceanside, New York on Long Island. Doctor Leal also practiced at a critical access hospital in rural Kansas. As the medical doctor she served patients in the clinic, hospital, ER, and the nursing home.
Dr. Leal is currently a family physician at Comanche County Memorial Hospital’s Elgin Community Health Center located at 7936 U.S. Highway 277 in Elgin, Oklahoma.
Respect for Patients
“Our medical clinic is patient centered.” Dr. Leal added, “I treat the whole person, not just the problem.”
What can Dr. Leal’s patients expect when they see her?
“I treat my patients with respect – the way I want to be treated. People want to be talked to, not down to. I want to give them time to ask questions – not be rushed through.”
The daughter of a dad in the army, Dr. Leal said she lived several places in the U.S. and as a small girl, the family lived in Europe and again when she was a high school junior and senior.
“I am open to anything and everyone. By about sixth grade after watching MASH and Quincy, I knew what I wanted to do. All my dolls were sick and I treated them!”
In the early 1980s she was pre-med but let someone discourage her and instead chose education. She is glad for her educational career and said, “I did enjoy my years as a teacher – it was a great job interacting with the teenagers and knowing you are developing our ‘leaders of tomorrow.'”
She earned her degree in education at New Mexico State and later her master’s degree in Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma. Yes, she is a Sooner fan.