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Portland doctor makes house calls by bicycle

In true Portland fashion, Dr. Tony Ohotto makes house calls to his patients by bicycle.

In true Portland fashion, Dr. Tony Ohotto makes house calls to his patients by bicycle.

Certified occupational therapy assistant Kevin Callahan often joins him.

"When you roll up on a bike, it gets you some street cred with patients and caregivers," says Ohotto, a geriatric specialist and staff physician at Providence ElderPlace, a program that provides health care, housing and other services for older adults. 
"I tend to get a little easier buy-in," Callahan says. "People see you as regular human being rather than the intimidating medical professional." 
Bicycling also improves the caregiver's state of mind. Callahan says riding to a client's home gives him a few invigorating minutes to breathe fresh air, get the blood circulating and clear his head. It helps lighten up interactions with clients. "I'm feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to roll," he says.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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