Both providers enjoy working in a small town setting, next to a small hospital.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - The new providers are Physician Assistant Adalie Beckley, left, and Dr. Leslie McCalister.St. Charles Family Care clinic in Madras is welcoming two new providers, Dr. Leslie McCalister, and Physician Assistant Adalie Beckley.

Leslie McCalister received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma, and her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

She completed her residency in family medicine at Cascades East Family Medicine, in Klamath Falls.

She said she enjoys being in Madras. "I really wanted to be in a small community and work in a small hospital. I like Madras because it's small, but close to Bend and Portland. And I like the Mexican culture here and the chance to work on my Spanish skills," McCalister said.

Her clinical interests include addiction treatment, psychiatric disorders, geriatrics and chronic conditions.

On geriatrics she noted, "I like working with older adults, who are at a stage in life when they are transitioning to having less independence. I have a passion for helping older people orient their lives towards things they like to do, rather than hospitals and medications."

Outside of work, McCalister enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, exploring Oregon, cooking, economics and improving her Spanish.

Adalie Beckley received her bachelor's degree in fine arts from Whitworth University, and her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Oregon Health and Sciences University. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Beckley learned to love medicine while working as an emergency medical technician on the professional ski patrol at Mount Bachelor for nine years. She became a physician assistant so she could have a career in Central Oregon.

"I was born and raised in Bend and all my family and my husband's family is here," she said, noting her husband works as a park ranger for the state.

"After school, we wanted to move back to Central Oregon, but Bend is a little big. I liked it better when it was smaller," she said of her decision to take the Madras job.

"I love having a small practice here, located in a hospital where you have access to the facilities," she said of the testing equipment, lab, etc.

Beckley enjoys the challenge of helping patients with urgent, same-day appointments, and especially loves working with children and young adults.

"I love working with teens as they grow and mature to encourage positive growth as they become adults," she said adding, "I wanted to do family care, where I can follow people through their lives to help them become healthier."

When not at work, Beckley enjoys skiing, rafting, hunting and camping with her husband and two dogs. She likes to give back to the community and has been a Big Sister to a teenage girl for four years through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon.

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