Medina Culver

Medina Culver, 40 Under 40

Age: 29

Hometown: Billings

She was determined to finish medical school by 26. She loved Billings and knew she wanted to come back. She spends her time with patients, with family and volunteering and studying sports medicine. And, she hasn't even turned 30 yet.

What inspired you to become a doctor?

I had always wanted to have a challenging career that allowed me to give other people the knowledge to improve their own lives while at the same time developing a lasting, meaningful relationship. Being a family physician is so much more than helping people, it is giving people the power and the ability to help themselves.

You had the goal of finishing medical school by the time you were 26. How did you develop that goal?

Honestly, just me being an extreme Type-A personality and wanting to have as much time with my career as possible. Looking back, I could have slowed down and taken more time to enjoy my early 20s. But I do not regret being where I am at at 29-years-old.

How did you decide to come back to Billings?

My family. My parents are two of the most amazing, supportive people in the world. I wanted to spend more time with them now that they are not only my parents but also my best friends.

How did growing up here shape what you’ve become?

It taught me how to be resilient, how to stand out and be OK with that. Billings showed me that not everyone will like you, and as long as you are confident in yourself and a genuine person, then that is all that matters.

You also work with sports medicine. Tell us about how you balance that with your other work.

Being an athlete during high school, I really fell in love sports and sports medicine. I got to present at the AMSSM Conference last year and was the only resident from Montana who got to do that. I balance volunteering covering different sports just like I do anything else that’s important to me: I just make the time.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

Knowing that sometimes no matter what you do, you cannot fix everything.

What do you like most about the Billings area?

It’s a tough question to answer. Honestly, Billings has good and bad aspects to it. I love being in a smaller town that gives you an opportunity to change things about the city, but its tough because there is a lot of resistance to change in Billings.

What is your favorite book and why?

a. The Great Gatsby—the romance of the Jazz Age combined with the American Dream just pulls at my heartstrings.

What is your favorite type of music? Why?

It depends (I know, classic answer), but I would say if I am hanging out on a Friday night with a glass of wine then I love jazz music. If I am studying, then it is always classical piano; and if I am driving along in my car, it's usually country music.

If you couldn’t be a doctor, what other profession would have you pursued?

ESPN SportsCenter anchor, that’s easy.