Dr. Dean Cranney
(and Camille Cranney, his lovely assistant)
I am a family medicine physician and have been practicing for more than 19 years. I love the work I do and I absolutely love the people I get to work with. I am blessed with an amazing wife, 4 wonderful children, one grand-daughter and another on the way in February, 2021. We also very much look forward to future additions to our family.
So why NW Pioneer DPC? For years working in the medical field, I have always felt that I could do more to advocate for the patients under my care and for the profession that I love. About 7 years ago, I started to learn about the innovative approach called Direct Primary Care. I was struck by how simple a proposition it really is. Also I loved how this approach returns the relationship of patient and physician to a time where both were valued.
I believe that the direct primary care movement is the best of how medicine used to be. My grandfather, W.D. Cranney, was a general practice physician in the town where I grew up. He did everything a doctor could do, it seemed, from routine clinic work, to hospital rounds, to surgery. He even delivered babies, myself included. I remember a few visits after hours to his clinic for stitches, an urgent breathing treatment, and even one time setting my broken arm. As I recall, everyone in my hometown seemed to know Dr. Cranney. It wouldn't matter where we went, it felt like I was with a local celebrity. But even with that notoriety there was always a simple connection that was without pride or arrogance. I witnessed a true appreciation not only for the care that each individual received but for the person that my grandfather was. I wanted the same relationships that he had engendered.
I chose the name NW Pioneer as it captures the spirit of this venture. Being one of the first, creating a new path, breaking ground to improve the future for those who follow all embody the pioneer spirit. Of course being in the Pacific NW, the pioneer heritage is alive and well. I also have ancestors who were part of the pioneer movement that settled the West and appreciate all that they handed down to me.
Our logo was designed with the intent of show-casing the NW Pioneer name. The design is reminiscent of a heart (health and caring) as well as showcasing communication and availability which are strengths of this model.
Camille and I settled down in Spokane about 10 years ago. We had lived here before when I was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. We loved our time here and came back to make Spokane our home. We plan on staying for many years to come. We love the community and the people!