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Navy physician joins MFM

Dr. Jacques M. Bouchard is joining Gritman Medical Center’s Moscow Family Medicine downtown clinic as a family physician after an 11-year career in the Navy.

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Dr. Bouchard was most recently stationed in Japan, where he treated more than 6,000 active duty and dependent patients in a primary and acute care setting.

Dr. Bouchard, certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, incorporates both Eastern and Western medicines into his practice. He offers acupuncture and is exploring Chinese herbals.

“It is enjoyable from a physician’s standpoint to have these in your toolkit to offer to patients. You have only so many modalities to help people get to where they need to go in their process,” he said. “I am not just all Eastern or all Western, I use an integrative approach.”

Dr. Bouchard is one of five physicians being added at Moscow Family Medicine. MFM is also welcoming Dr. Meghan Kusko at the downtown clinic, Dr. Jessica Bonnett at the Westside clinic, Dr. Jacob Christensen at University of Idaho Student Health and Dr. Thomas Sprinkle at QuickCARE. New medical leadership has also been added: Practice Administrator Larinda Valdon and Director of Nursing Carolyn Allen.

Dr. Bouchard trained in medical acupuncture at Academy of Pain Research in San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Hawkeyes’ gymnastics team. He was the 2007 Big Ten Conference still ring champion and an Academic All-American from 2004-07.

He received his doctor of medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 2012 before completing his residency at Naval Hospital Bremerton Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency in 2015. He then served as a staff physician for the Navy from 2015 until joining the Gritman and Moscow Family Medicine team.

He said he is looking forward to connecting and building lifelong relationships with his patients not only through his practice, but by being involved in the community and approachable.

“That’s why I went into medicine. I am not just a physician 8 to 5,” Dr. Bouchard said.

Dr. Bouchard comes to Moscow with his wife, Katie, and their three girls.

Dr. Bouchard is now accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 208-882-2011.