A Passion for Healing
Dr. Reid Holtzclaw-Swan is one of those rare individuals who knew his calling early in life. “By age five, I knew with certainty that I was going to be a physician. I am not quite sure where that inspiration originated, but my passion to help people as a physician has remained with me unwaveringly to this day. I am certain that treating patients is what I am here to do – my life purpose, so to speak.”
He began his career over 40 years ago when he joined the United States Navy in 1979. He started his journey as an Advanced Laboratory Technician and an Independent Duty Submarine Corpsman, where he served for nine years. In 1988, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from The George Washington University. He was commissioned in 1992, and he received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1996.
Upon completing his internship in Family Medicine at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Holtzclaw-Swan proceeded to flight school and became a designated U.S. Naval flight surgeon. He served with the U.S. Marines and was deployed to the Persian Gulf where he treated our active military. He later became a flight surgeon for the Training Air Wing Six in Pensacola, Florida. Following his years as a flight surgeon, he proceeded to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to complete his residency in Internal Medicine. Upon completion, he remained as a staff internist for one year before transferring to the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan, where he served as Department Head for Internal Medicine. He later transferred to the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington, and served there as a staff physician and hospitalist until his retirement in 2012.
In over 32 years of serving our country as a naval physician, Dr. Holtzclaw-Swan traveled to every continent except Antarctica. Upon retiring, he accepted a position with the Franciscan Medical Group and practiced in Port Orchard for seven years.
Dr. Holtzclaw-Swan says that over the years of practicing medicine, his passion for healing people has grown with each year he practices. “I receive enormous satisfaction from listening to my patients, determining what is likely wrong and treating their conditions. There is no greater reward than to have a patient return for a follow-up visit when they are remarkably better. If they are not better, that only motivates me to work harder to solve their problem.”
Our staff at Olympic Internal Medicine is looking forward to expanding our practice with the skills, experience, and wisdom that Dr. Holtzclaw-Swan brings. He is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians. His skills and accomplishments will be a great addition to our practice.
In his free time, Dr. Holtzclaw-Swan enjoys traveling, spending time with his lovely wife, Svetlana, and working in their garden. Dr. Holtzclaw-Swan is delighted to be working with the staff at Olympic Internal Medicine and brings his vision of improving the lives of his patients by reducing the burdens and worries of disease and, thus, enriching their lives. He says, “A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)