About Me

My name is Matthew Braniecki. I currently work for Firelands Physician Group as a Family Medicine Physician. I was raised in Lapeer, Michigan, a small town in the center of the state. My dad is a pediatrician still practicing medicine in Michigan. Having seen the impact that my dad had on our community in Michigan, there was no doubt that I too wanted to become a physician and have the same influence on a community of my own. The only question was where.

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Why Northern Ohio?

I did my undergraduate studies at Michigan State University (Go Green!) in East Lansing, Michigan. During my summer break, I needed something to do and a way to earn some money. Cedar Point offered seasonal employment, so in May of 2005, I packed my bags and headed for “America’s Roller Coast.” This was my first taste of the Lake Erie Shores and Islands. I loved it here, but my stay was brief. In June of 2008, I was back in East Lansing to start medical school. Fast forward to 2012, and I was looking for a place to complete my Family Medicine Residency. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky offered a residency program. Needless to say, it was an easy decision for me to return to Ohio.

Having lived here for seven years now, I can confidently say that this is a special place to live. My wife and I have never been interested in city life, but we’re also not interested in being bored. There aren’t many towns the size of Sandusky that offer this much. Where else can you find a world class amusement park and scenic islands all within a 30 minute boat ride of a vibrant, flourishing downtown? Throw in the amazing people that we’ve met here and you have the recipe for a perfect lifestyle.

Life as a Physician

As for my career, I truly love what I do. People trust me with their health and well-being, which is a responsibility I don’t take lightly. I also get to help train medical students, which I find very gratifying. This profession is incredibly rewarding, though I must admit, it can be quite stressful as well. Some days, it feels as if patients, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and hospital administrators are all pulling on me in different directions. To cope with this stress, I do my best to focus on my patients and doing what is truly best for them. The rest tends to take care of itself one way or another.

It seems to me as if there has been a movement in recent years to “standardize” medicine. Like many other professions, there is a protocol or algorithm for just about everything. The problem is that medicine is unlike any other profession. What works for Patient A will not necessarily work for Patient B. I tell all of the medical students that pass through my office to do their best to put the art back in to medicine. I encourage them to do things their own way (within reason of course). There is certainly a time and place for protocols and algorithms, but sometimes life requires you to color outside of the lines. For more about me and Firelands Physician Group, visit www.firelandsphysiciangroup.com or search “Firelands Regional Medical Center” on Facebook.

Matt’s story is part of ECEDC’s celebration of In Demand Jobs week, featuring young professionals from our region. In economic and workforce development our role is to help ensure the talent is available to fill in-demand careers. In support of this work, our regional partners at TeamNEO produce the Aligning Opportunities Report  – click the photo below to learn more about Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio.

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