Dr. Gabe: Retirement party April 6

April 2015 Posted in People
Join the send off
The public is invited to help
Dr. Gabe celebrate his new
adventure Monday, April 6,
4 to 6 p.m.
Silverton Hospital,
Room D/E (above Family Birth Center)

After more than 26 years of practicing medicine in Silverton, Dr. Michael Gabe is retiring. Just don’t make the mistake of confusing retiring with slowing down because Dr. Gabe has a long list of things he is eager to do including traveling, hiking and playing music.

Dr. Gabe and his wife Marty spent the first part of their married lives in large cities. They decided they wanted to live in a small town.

When Dr. Gabe finished his residency, the couple moved to Quincy, Calif., with their two boys to settle into a rural mountain setting. The fit was not quite right, though, and when a recruitment trip to Idaho included a last-minute visit to Silverton, the family knew they had found their home.

“We had seen a lot of small towns,” Dr. Gabe said, “but Silverton had the best community.” He and Marty have no plans to move. Dr. Gabe said he will miss practicing medicine.

“It’s a challenging field, and it’s rewarding to practice medicine at that level,” he said. “It’s a state-of-the art thing, and you have to practice at the state-of-the art level.”

An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Gabe will continue to visit his sons in California every summer for their annual hiking trip in the Sierras, and he will log even more miles of local trails every week. He also plans to return to Switzerland, where he once enjoyed a lengthy hiking excursion in the Alps. When he is not out in the wild, he might be seen around town working on his bluegrass musical talents.


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