VANDALIA — In 1985, The Cosby Show was one of the most popular television shows in the United States. It featured an obstetrician, Dr. Huxtable, who had an office in his basement.
In Vandalia, a real-life Dr. Huxtable was beginning his practice in 1985 in the basement of his home on Dixie Drive, and last week Dr. Stephen Guy celebrated the 30th anniversary of practicing medicine.
Staff and former patients came to the office and offered well wishes, including Jill Smith of Tipp City. She and her daughters, Ashley and Kayla, are second generation patients of Dr. Guy’s.
“Dr. Guy has been a blessing to our family,” said Smith. “He has a real gift of wisdom and compassion, and when you put those two things together – he has brought such a sense of hope, peace, and joy to our family at times of great joy and great pain.”
She said that when her daughters, who are now 26 and 27 years old, asked who she recommended as a physician, she didn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Guy.
“It is an honor and a privilege to share in a family’s life so much,” said Guy. “It’s very rewarding and a special privilege to see multiple generations.”
Guy was born in Dayton and has lived in Vandalia since he was in the third grade. He graduated from Butler High School and then attended Wright State and Ohio State University before completing his residency at Miami Valley Hospital. His practice, Women’s Health Specialists & Midwives of Dayton, is part of Premier Health.
“Vandalia is a great community, and we enjoy it a lot,” said Guy, whose eight children graduated from Butler as well. “We are pretty well rooted here, enjoy it here, and don’t plan to go anywhere else.”
He said one of his biggest achievements is to help people look at giving birth as a healthy, normal process.
“I want to support giving women choice in how they birth their children,” said Guy. “There is a wide range between the very ill, high risk patient to the patient who has natural child birth in a tub. I look at birthing as part of a growth process for the couple as they have this baby inside and then become parents – looking at it holistically as a family and the growth of the family.”
Guy thanked the staff he has had over the year, especially Sue Puka, his nurse of 29 years.
“I’ve had a great team of people I’ve worked with over the years,” he said. “I started with my wife and sister, and didn’t have a nurse at first, but Sue, my first nurse, is still here. I’ve been very fortunate to have a great team, and they don’t stay for the pay, they stay because they love the work and love the patients that come here.”
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