While some persons know early on in life what they want to be when they grow up, others do some soul-searching, go one direction and then switch gears before they find their vocation. Such was the case with Kevin Coates and George Balko, family physicians at Actionmarguerite, who both started their careers as pharmacists.

“I grew up in my father’s veterinary clinic,” says George Balko. “Everyone expected me to take over from him, but I couldn’t get into veterinary school. So I turned to pharmacy. I worked as a pharmacist for five or six years and ended up at medical school.”

Kevin Coates talks about evolving. “Becoming a doctor was a long-term undertaking. I worked as a pharmacist for three years and then decided to go into medicine. With that profession, I really feel that I am making a contribution to the community.”

Dr. Coates has worked at Actionmarguerite for 35 years. “I can’t believe so many years have passed. While we’ve seen changes over the decades, something that has always defined Actionmarguerite is excellence in resident care.”

A 20-year veteran of Actionmarguerite, George Balko concurs. “It’s a great environment to work in. Everyone gets along, the staff is efficient and the administration is supportive. It’s the whole package that makes this organization special.”