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Winter says. “Since Dr Thwaites’ arrival, we’ve definitely seen an
increase in the number of men coming in, not only in regards
to their prostate, but in terms of general health maintenance.”
There are longer term plans to involve subspecialists from
abroad, in order to expand the pool of medical specialists
available locally.
A visit to the new facility is certainly not unpleasant, as
the building, originally a sprawling family property, has been
completely renovated, an offshoot of one of Dr Winter’s closet
affections.
“I am an avid fan of architecture,” he says. “I enjoy buildings,
and this was actually one of my pet projects. What you’re
seeing is actually the result of four years’ of work, restoring the
building, which was essentially destroyed by Hurricane Luis in
the late 90’s. It has been both a joy and a painstaking chore
to restore it to its original state.”
The clue to another of his passions lies on the wall behind
him. The physician was once an active equestrian, and has
participated in several competitions in the US.
“But since the pregnant ladies have taken over most of
my time…” he says in his customarily witty fashion, “I am
still involved with horses, but I have not had the time to be
competing at that level.”
If the reception area should one day display a series of
Winter-esque paintings, don’t be surprised either. “It’s in the
works,” he jokes, sharing yet another of the hobbies he enjoys,
“In my spare time”.
The busy physician manages to schedule vacations after
conferences, or outside the annual peak delivery seasons, which
fall roughly nine months after Carnival and Christmas. So far
though, he says he’s never been motivated by that need to get
away from the pressures of work.
“I think it’s important that no matter what job you do, you
have to have that innate or gut feeling that this is what you
want to do, no matter what time of day or night it is,” Dr
Winter says. “As in my experience, you must, first and foremost
care for the patient, otherwise there is no way you can be in
this field. So I don’t think I’ve reached that stress point in
my career, because I still look forward to coming to work every
day.” BF
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