In the “Meet the Providers” series over the next few weeks, get to know our dedicated clinicians better, learn what brought them to Hope, and find out why they are passionate about serving the community.
Dr. Imler is a native Hoosier. He was born in Fort Wayne and attended Purdue for his undergraduate degree. He left Indiana to attend the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, completing his residency at the University of Chicago and then settling in Ohio to continue building his practice. His decades of hard work was recognized through the honor of being named “Doctor of the Biennium” by Mercy Health Partners.
Now back in his home state, Dr. Imler teaches future physicians at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in addition to treating patients at Hope.
Why did you decide to become involved with Hope?
“I was looking for a way to volunteer my services and I happened to hear about Hope through my church. I’ve always made it a point to give back to the community and do mission work; I spent my early years training in South Chicago, I’ve done many missions in Haiti, and I even ran a community healthcare clinic in Western Ohio that served more than 80,000 patients. It’s always been important to serve the community, but it’s even more important at this point in my career.”
What’s special about working with Hope and its patients?
“The Hope model — caring for those in the gap, without means — is very important. There are no barriers to care here. We don’t judge. There are a wide variety of people we serve and we want to make all of them feel comfortable. Hope is also unique because we want to focus on the patient both spiritually and physically. It’s such a balance for someone to care about your soul, your mind, and your body. When that happens, you get a sense of wholeness.”
What would you say to patients who need care and might be considering coming to Hope?
“You can come here with the confidence that you’re going to be treated well regardless of how much money you have. There’s a sense that the poor don’t get the kind of care the rich do. I’ve worked with every kind of population — the very wealthy, the indigent, and those in between. And to me, they’re all the same. We all have eyes, ears, heart, and lungs. The medical approach is the same. Being a physician is a privilege and a gift, and I want to serve patients as long as I can.”
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