By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2013
Dr. John Hervert, OSU Medical Group, is currently accepting new patients.
John Hervert, D.O., completed his residency with the Oklahoma State University Medical Center last June and began his practice of internal medicine in July with the OSU Medical Group. As an internist, Dr. Hervert’s focus is on multiple system diseases and complex diseases. Dr. Hervert is currently accepting new patients 18 years and up. His office is located at 802 S. Jackson, Ste. 210, adjacent to the OSU Medical Center.
Dr. Hervert grew up in Hastings, Nebraska, where his father practiced internal medicine for 37 years. “I’m the youngest of five children,” said Dr. Hervert, “and the only one in medicine. I really wasn’t pressured by my dad. He never encouraged any of us to go into medicine. I was just always amazed by the sciences in high school and college.” Dr. Hervert says he knew the requirements of medicine because of his father, but really didn’t know just how much enjoyment he would find in being a doctor until he was actually studying medicine.
Dr. Hervert attended medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in the Appalachian Mountain Valley. “The area was an entirely different culture from where I had grown up, and I enjoyed the experiences of both medical school and the culture,” he said. Dr. Hervert’s residency brought him to the OSU Medical Center, and he says, “I feel very fortunate in getting to come to Tulsa. I am really enjoying setting up my practice here.” Although the doctor had never been to Oklahoma, he had heard good things about the state and that the OSU Medical Center was recognized as one of the top residency programs in the nation.
Dr. Hervert’s practice of internal medicine will cover everything outside of pregnancy and children. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, Dr. Hervert takes a total-person approach to health care, encompassing the mind, body and spirit of each patient. His desire is to become a partner with each patient on a pathway to health and wellbeing. “As your primary care physician, I will be treating everything from diabetes, heart failure, and high blood pressure to the sniffles,” he said. His office will provide screenings for cholesterol, the colon, prostate problems and PSA tests, and more. “We will be doing everything we can to reduce morbidity (the presence of illness or disease) and eliminate anything happening that could adversely affect your health,” said Dr. Hervert.
“Medicine is always changing, and that’s a good thing,” said Dr. Hervert. “With new ideas in medicine being discovered every day, it’s absolutely necessary for medical doctors to continue their education throughout their careers to stay abreast of current research and developments.”
There is one other good thing worthy of mention which has happened to Dr. Hervert since his arrival in Tulsa. While in his residency, he met Senior Resident Kendal Mitchell from Florida. Dr. Mitchell’s Fellowship in Pulmonology and Dr. Hervert’s residency were completed at the same time, and the two will be married this October.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.