Dr. Leslie Lane: Longtime Nevada County resident returns home to care for the community
After being away for two decades for college, medical school, residency and her first position as a physician, Dr. Leslie Lane was ready to come home to Nevada County.
“I’m excited to be back home and provide health care to the community that I know,” said Dr. Lane, who joined Western Sierra Medical Clinic as a family medicine physician in summer 2020. “I’m loving being back so much. It’s a slower pace and people are so kind.”
Dr. Lane left the community and her family for the University of California, Davis, where she earned a bachelor of science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and a Master of Public Health. She graduated from the UC Davis School of Medicine, and completed her family and community medicine residency at San Francisco General Hospital.
Following her residency, Dr. Lane joined La Clinica, a Federally Qualified Health Center like Western Sierra in the Bay Area, where she could “provide health care to underserved patients,” one of the primary reasons she became a physician.
But after six years, when she learned about an opening at Western Sierra, she was ready to leave the Bay Area behind for where she grew up and continue helping patients. She currently treats patients in the Grass Valley, Downieville and Kings Beach (Tahoe) centers.
“There is a lot of variety” at the three centers, said Dr. Lane, who is fluent in Spanish. “Every population is so unique.”
Dr. Lane has been busy learning about each community and their health care needs. From annual checkups to helping manage chronic conditions, she wants to ensure that patients have access to quality health care. She knows that getting medical treatment – sometimes because of distance or limited resources, or both – can be challenging in rural communities.
“Getting people engaged in their health and providing continuity of care throughout the lifespan is my primary goal.” Dr. Lane said.
Dr. Lane is also available for minor procedures – such as joint injections, skin biopsies and suturing – and women’s health and reproductive services, an often hard-to-find service in the smaller communities.
“I want to improve access to health care and services,” said Dr. Lane, who as a child was a patient of the former Miners Clinic, which merged with Western Sierra in 2010. “There is just a tremendous need and so many opportunities within this organization.”
Being back in Nevada County allows Dr. Lane to enjoy more recreational activities — including gardening, hiking and trail running – and the feeling of community.
“People are welcoming and coexist very well here,” she said. “Despite differences, everyone is committed to helping each other.”