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I'm Amber Tincher, a family medicine physicianat Fort Yates Hospital in North Dakota. I grew up in Montana on the Fort Belknap IndianReservation. I'm a member of the Assinaboine tribe.

 My grandmother, mother and aunt all workedat the Fort Belknap Indian Hospital and I spent time there as a child. When I was inthird grade, my mom was accepted to medical school at the University of North Dakota.We had to move. I really missed my grandma and it was really, really hard. Luckily, hospitalswere familiar to me: my mom became a doctor at Fort Yates hospital. This is home to menow, and I'm following in my mother's footstepsas a doctor at Fort Yates. Throughout medicalschool at the University of North Dakota,I knew I wanted to practice family medicine.To bring children into the world and knowthem through their lives. 

Ft.Yates is a well-rounded, rural hospital where I am handling every type of ailment and procedure.I see things here I'd never see at a large facility, which makes me the best physicianI can be. I love the area, the community,the culture and the traditions. I enjoy the seasons, theaccess to water activities and the outdoors.The Indian Health Service paid much of mytuition through scholarships -- so I'm debt-free!! And my four-year obligation is about done.But I'm not going anywhere. I love what I do and wouldn't change a thing. I am AmberTincher; I'm a Native American, a doctor,and a rural health care advocate...andI am IHS.

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