Dr. Austin Beck

This doctor bleeds blue!

Dr. Austin Beck is a west Kentucky guy through and through! He returned home as a physician with Mercy Primary Care – Marshall County. He loves his family, his Wildcats and trying new foods - Mexican might be his favorite. iMeet this new addition to Lourdes’ Primary Care team!

Welcome to iMeet, Dr. Beck! Tell us about yourself... 

I was born at Lourdes Hospital and I have one brother – I’m the youngest. I spent my childhood in Marshall County where I developed a love for sports - playing football, basketball, and baseball. After my years playing for Marshall County High School, my love for sports has progressed into more of a spectator role. You will still find me cheering for Marshall County High School or my undergraduate alma mater, Murray State University. I enjoy attending the home football and basketball games.

My educational endeavors took me to Louisville for medical school. Before everyone gets too concerned, I am a University of Kentucky Wildcat fan to the core. After medical school, I started making my way back home, with a stop in Madisonville for my residency training at the oldest family medicine residency in the state, before ending up at Mercy Primary Care – Marshall County this year.

Tell us about your family...

I am blessed that I met my wife early in life. After six years of dating, I married my high school sweetheart. We now have a 3-year-old son, a 10-year-old teacup Chihuahua, and a cat named Moe. Next summer, we will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary. 

Tell us about your journey to becoming a doctor...did you always want to be one? 

I grew up with a lot of exposure to healthcare's various areas and was fairly certain that healthcare was the route I would pursue. Over the years, I was able to see the roles played by all our fine medical professionals. By the time I was in high school I had figured out that I really wanted to be a doctor. 

I had the opportunity to see a lot of physicians use their talents and abilities to make their local communities, and the communities around the world, just a little better. Their dedication to others was a huge motivating factor that helped me figure out that medicine is where I belonged and that being a family physician is a career that I could enjoy doing for my entire life. 

After graduating from Murray State University, I solidified my desire to become a physician. I decided to attend the University of Louisville School of Medicine, because they had a very hands-on approach to teaching.

Later, I continued my residency training in rural Madisonville at the Trover Clinic. Madisonville was the perfect fit to prepare me for my future career in rural Kentucky practicing family medicine. 

Tell us about your position at Mercy Primary Care in Marshall County...

I am working as a family medicine physician in the outpatient setting at Mercy Primary Care - Marshall County. We are located in Draffenville right off the interstate. It was a blessing to be able to move home and take care of the community that helped raise me. To put the icing on the cake, I'm currently working alongside the doctor that I called my family physician while I was growing up. 

Did you always know that you'd return home?

I always joke that my wife had it written into our marriage vows! But returning home has always been something that we both wanted. There are countless reasons, but family has always been very important to me, and to have the opportunity to be close to both my wife's family, and my family, has been incredible.

This community helped raise me and mold me into the person I am today and I would love nothing more than to try to repay the kindness and tutelage that was bestowed on me. This was a great area for me to grow up in and I want the same opportunity for my family. 

What's the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of what I do is forming relationships with my patients, and being able to see the difference you make in people's lives.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I have developed a lot of hobbies over the years - from fountain pen collecting and fixing, to straight razor restoration, and even woodworking. I really enjoy building things and restoring old, quality-built items to bring back a little of the old ways of doing things.

Beyond that, I've always been a fan of doing things outdoors and that passion was rejuvenated this past summer with a trip out West. Hunting and fishing has become a hobby of mine as well. Sporting events has always been a fun past time. I am also a big fan of movies as a way to escape and shut things down at the end of the day. 

I try to find joy in anything I do, which is why I believe I have so many hobbies. But time is limited, so my priority and most enjoyable free time activity is watching my son laugh. Anything we can do to get that response is my favorite free time activity. 

We hear you enjoy exploring new foods and restaurants...what’s your favorite type of food?

I enjoy trying new things and a lot of different restaurants. Even on vacation, I will research the restaurants in preparation for our trip. That makes this one of the toughest questions.

It is hard to compare different types of food, but Mexican seems to always be a good idea. One of my most craved meals is from a small, 15 table restaurant in Louisville that I would go to with the guys I studied with in Medical School. It is a “hole in the wall” Mexican restaurant named Santa Fe. I try my best to stop by every time I find myself in Louisville. I've probably had better all-around meals, but that is the one I crave the most. They have the best Mexican style carnitas tacos I've ever had. 

What do you think is your best characteristic?

I pride myself on my word meaning something. I'm still of the mindset that a handshake is all that is needed to do business. I also feel I’m a pretty good listener and really do care about other people and how they are doing and how I can help. 

Describe the perfect day for you...

A day with family doing just about anything. Preferably not too hot because I'm a very hot-natured person.

A day that sticks out in my mind from not too long ago was on a trip to visit my brother in Boston before he got moved back. On a day his family had school and work, my wife, son, and I drove up the coast of the cape, seeing places we had never seen and not really doing much other than exploring. It was off-season so not crowded at all and we ended up on a beach collecting rocks. As simple as it sounds, that was a perfect day. 

It was a pleasure getting to know you, Dr. Beck. We’re excited to have you back home and serving the Marshall County community.