At 5 years old, Roger Moushabek began making house calls with his uncle who was a doctor. It didn’t take long for Moushabek to begin identifying the path to his true calling.
“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor,” Moushabek recalls fondly. “(My uncle) encouraged me to pursue my degree in medicine.”
Moushabek wanted to help people and he’s made it his life mission to do just that.
“Since I love helping others and making a difference in a person’s life, I knew medicine was the perfect fit for me,” he says.
Today, Moushabek is a specialist in internal medicine at Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group in Victorville and an advocate for preventive medicine. He aims to encourage others to make an effort to continuously improve their health.
And we’re probably all guilty of it: Only visiting our doctor once the illness strikes. But being proactive and seeing your physician while still healthy could mean less sickness and more time spent doing the things you love. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans use preventive health care services at about just half the recommended rate. It’s already proven that preventive measures are essential to living a longer, happier life.
They also help to keep health care costs from rising. Ever heard the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well it’s true!
And it’s a philosophy that, like most doctors, Moushabek believes in. “I feel privileged to hold a responsibility in their journey to a better life,” Moushabek says about his patients, but he’s aware their journey also must begin outside his doctor’s office. He suggests that those under his care educate themselves regarding their health so together they can best make sound decisions, a reference to the partnership between provider and patient.
He also leads Heritage LifeFit, an enterprise that advocates proactive prevention and prescriptive fitness for personal health and wellness. “When we invest in prevention, the benefits are broadly shared,” the CDC says. “Children grow up in communities, homes, and families that nurture their healthy development, and adults are productive and healthy, both inside and outside the workplace.” Moushabek notes that patients in tight-knit areas, such as in the High Desert, can ultimately represent generations of families. So he feels a sense of responsibility to remain “loyal to the community I serve” and to ensure that young people have the opportunity to develop healthy and happy lifestyles. After all, he learned early with experiences following around his uncle, a small-town physician, as he made house calls. That time in his life not only made Moushabek a more caring person, but guided his career pathway as well: “From the age of 5, I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.”