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Meet Your Family Doctor, John Everett

Published on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Dr. John Everett
Nestled behind downtown Indian River is the office of family practice physician John Everett, DO. Dr. Everett has provided care for the Indian River community for over a quarter of a century. 

With a focus on preventative medicine and osteopathic care, Dr. Everett is committed to educating patients on mental and physical lifestyle choices as well as environmental factors that affect their health. Over his 26 years at the Indian River Medical Center, a subsidiary of McLaren Northern Michigan, he has cared for 4 generations of families. His patient care spans from birth to end of life transitions. 

“There are great medical needs in our northern Michigan communities,” said Dr. Everett. “I want to not only treat but educate my patients. I try to make a positive connection with everyone who walks through our doors.” 

At a young age, Dr. Everett developed a love for northern Michigan. He spent his summers visiting his grandparent’s home in Wolverine where he enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, hiking, and exploring. After medical school, Dr. Everett, being an avid outdoorsmen, knew he wanted to move to northern Michigan to enjoy the lakes, woods, and peace that living in a rural community offers. 

Married to wife Debbie since 1979, Dr. Everett raised his three children, Kara, Joshua, and Tyler in northern Michigan. For many years, Dr. Everett was a coach and team physician. He has a deep faith and incorporates it in his practice when the right opportunity arises. “I loved raising my family in an area where we could enjoy the outdoors and feel like part of the community,” said Dr. Everett. 

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Everett gives back to those in need. Every other year for the last 18 years, Dr. Everett leads a volunteer team and travels to third world countries to provide medicine to those without access to it. The missions over the years have been to Guatemala and one to Nepal. 

After hurricane Katrina, Dr. Everett once again felt the need to help. Through support of the community, Dr. Everett and his team set up a clinic providing medical care and assistance to victims in New Orleans, LA. 

Dr. Everett completed his education at Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1987 and his internship at Mt. Clemens General Hospital in 1988. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University, and past Michigan Osteopathic Association President. 

Although many doctors have come and gone over the years, Dr. Everett is committed to care for his patients in the Indian River community for the rest of his career, with plans of retirement in northern Michigan.  “I feel it’s my calling to serve the Indian River area,” said Dr. Everett. “I love the mentality and hearty people who make this small town a community.”  

At a young age, Dr. Everett developed a love for northern Michigan. He spent his summers visiting his grandparent’s home in Wolverine where he enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, hiking, and exploring. After medical school, Dr. Everett, being an avid outdoorsmen, knew he wanted to move to northern Michigan to enjoy the lakes, woods, and peace that living in a rural community offers. 

Married to wife Debbie since 1979, Dr. Everett raised his three children, Kara, Joshua, and Tyler in northern Michigan. For many years, Dr. Everett was a coach and team physician. He has a deep faith and incorporates it in his practice when the right opportunity arises. “I loved raising my family in an area where we could enjoy the outdoors and feel like part of the community,” said Dr. Everett. 

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Everett gives back to those in need. Every other year for the last 18 years, Dr. Everett leads a volunteer team and travels to third world countries to provide medicine to those without access to it. The missions over the years have been to Guatemala and one to Nepal. 

After hurricane Katrina, Dr. Everett once again felt the need to help. Through support of the community, Dr. Everett and his team set up a clinic providing medical care and assistance to victims in New Orleans, LA. 

Dr. Everett completed his education at Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1987 and his internship at Mt. Clemens General Hospital in 1988. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University, and past Michigan Osteopathic Association President. 

Although many doctors have come and gone over the years, Dr. Everett is committed to care for his patients in the Indian River community for the rest of his career, with plans of retirement in northern Michigan.  “I feel it’s my calling to serve the Indian River area,” said Dr. Everett. “I love the mentality and hearty people who make this small town a community.” 

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Everett, call the McLaren Northern Michigan – Indian River Medical Center at (231) 238-8908.