Dr. Larry L. Maples, D.O.Breckenridge Medical Center
Growing up on a stock farm 10 miles north of, the then small rural/farm community of Richardson, TX (which only had 2 doctors and no hospital), I understand the importance of access to local healthcare, and knowing a physician that you can call on at anytime when medical emergencies or concerns arise. Often, we had to drive to other towns (usually Plano or Dallas) in order to find a doctor available, for the current emergency involving myself or one of my three siblings. This became ever more evident after I completed my residency.
I was drafted 1968 and served 4 years as a Medic in the USAF. I returned to school and received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Abilene Christian College and, later, Abilene Christian University, with a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Biology and Chemistry. I worked as a chemist and toxicologist for a major chemical company in New Jersey (I.F.F.) and Dallas (Mary Kay Cosmetics). I then decided to return to school to chase a life-long dream of becoming a doctor and received my Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Heath Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) at the age of 40, and completed my Family Practice residency a the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler (UTHSC-T). I was then board certified be the American Board of Family Medicine. I am a active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Texas Academy Family Physicians (TAFP), American Medical Association (AMA), Texas Medical Association (TMA), American Osteopathic Medical Association (AOA), and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA).
After completing the FP residency, I worked as an Emergency Physician for about 20+ years, in mostly Texas rural communities, including Bonham and Plainview, where I served as ER Medical Director in both of their respective hospitals. Other hospitals included Dallas Southwest Medical Center (Oak Cliff), All Saints, City View (Ft. Worth), Tyler, Longview, Palestine, Sherman, Texarkana, Decatur, Bowie, Glen Rose, Columbus, Gonzales, and Eastland. While working in the ER at Eastland, I was asked to open a clinic in Eastland, and that's when I became an Eastland County/Big Country resident and local Family Practice physician. In 2013, I joined Hendrick Provider Network in a Hendrick Medical Clinic in Cisco. Two years ago, I agreed to come to Breckenridge as a family physician in the Breckenridge Medical Center and SMH (where I had been working as an ER Physician). I have now been in BMC/SMH for 2 years.
Throughout my career, I have been driven by one observation, made by an ER physician years ago, which has constantly remained true:
"I am grateful for all my patients, who allow me to practice my art, encourage me with their confidence, and humble me with their courage.
Larry Maples, DO