Dr. Tiffany Bland

Dr. Tiffany Bland officially started working at Salem Memorial District Hospital in November.

Bland graduated from Bunker High School in 2012 and then went on to study medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2018.

“I knew that I wanted to come back to practice rural medicine,” Bland told The Salem News. Before returning to the area, Bland did her residency at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

Now she and her husband, Mitchell Shipman, live between Rolla and Salem with their new baby Nicholas (named for Bland’s grandfather), who was born in August.

“I was originally going to start here in August, but that obviously wasn’t possible with a new baby,” she said. According to Bland, her husband has experience operating heavy machinery, but for the time being his main focus is as a stay-at-home dad with baby Nicholas.

“It’s so nice to be back in the area, close to both our families,” she said. “I love the area.” Bland said that she loves the rural community and she wants to bring the best service she can to a medically underserved part of the country and the state.

Bland is a family medicine doctor, which is one of the broadest scopes of medical service.

“We deal with patients from birth to death,” she said.

As a primary care doctor for her patients, she is looking at the patient as a whole rather than digging into one specific specialty.

“It’s even more important to stay up-to-date on the latest studies,” said Bland.

Bland said that familial and community connections between patients are part of what drew her to this line of work.

Bland has already begun seeing new patients a few at a time. “It’s been good to do it that way as I’ve been settling in. It gives me a chance to get to know the patients and their needs.”

Bland’s message to prospective patients and to the community is simple.

“I’m local, I know many of you and I want to help,” she said.

“We’re here and we have lots of openings and we’re ready to see patients,” said Bland.