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Laurence A. Houtchens, PA-C Providence-employed provider

1200 East Columbia Ave.
Colville, WA 99114
P: (509) 684-3701
F: (509) 684-5817

Philosophy of Care

I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. Cooperating with natural principles and incorporating lifestyle changes are important to me. I am an educator, not a dictator, so I educate patients, then let them make their own choices.

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Overview

Gender

Male

Education

Kettering College of Medical Arts - Kettering OH

Certification

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Interests

Community

I am active in my church, and I give public health improvement seminars and classes.

Medical Interests

Family practice - the care of all people, regardless of age; lifestyle medicine; orthopedics and urgent care.

Personal Interests

Walking with God through personal Bible study and an active prayer life, hiking, gardening, boating of all types, water skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, mechanic work, construction, wood working, welding, home improvement and real estate investing.

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments. These comments are the views and opinions of patients and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the views of Providence.

4.3 out of 5 (131 Ratings, 47 Comments)

90

02/27/2017
He's terrific! Talked to other providers about a specific med I used to take that I had good results with and no one would prescribe it. Explained it all to him, he prescribed the med and within three days I felt MUCH better. He listened & understood, great about checking results, helped me so much.
100

01/31/2017
I think seniors may need in-depth help getting their on line results. I had, to days later request paper results.
100

01/30/2017
I have only good things to say about my health care provider, Larry Houtchens. He has on several occasions when my health was fragile and he had done tests that he wanted to discuss with me, he called me on the phone in the evening when it was great for me to talk on the phone. He is a very good person.
100

01/24/2017
It is always a pleasure to be seen and treated by Larry Houchins. GREAT Doc!
90

01/16/2017
Laurence Houtchens and his crew are top shelf people. He and his staff had my best interest all the time. Easy crew to be with and they showed they cared and went the extra step for me. A+ crew.
100

01/15/2017
I really liked him very nice guy
100

01/08/2017
i noticed a lot of changes in the providence system this time. The additional help with my primary care physician was huge. Dr. [...]. However, there was huge scheduling problems when we arrived for our appointments that was handled by [...]! She did great
30

01/05/2017
He never touched me, he had me press on my own stomach to see if it hurt. He seemed to be a smart aleck.
70

12/27/2016
It took 4 days to see someone about my knee. Was on time for my appointment, waited only minutes in lobby but waited almost 1 hour in the exam room. After checking my knee he asked for x-rays. They were fast and very pleasant, returned to room and waited about 10 minutes for results. Put in request for MRI. MRI wait time is 20 days then will be 14 days to see specialist. Meanwhile I am trying to walk and feed cattle in pain. He did offer pain pills, I said tylenol no pain pills. Was told damage is already done, just get off knee when it hurts real bad.
90

12/25/2016
Dr. Houchens is very nice and seems very competent in his knowledge about my problems at least.
100

12/18/2016
Very professional yet caring.
30

12/06/2016
lack of confidence & competence from provider
90

11/15/2016
I particularly appreciate that while he does a thorough job answering any questions, etc., he never makes me feel rushed or like I'm taking too much time.
100

10/04/2016
was excellent
100

10/02/2016
NP Houtchens is great and will come back to him. His front staff goes the extra step to help me with my needs. He gave me options and let me make my choices. Thank you NP Houtchens you Rock!
100

10/02/2016
Have not had any bad experiences with Larry Houtchens. He is a good listener as well as an excellent educator. Always pleasant and attentive.
90

09/22/2016
Just a good Doctor.
100

08/30/2016
Very good experience. Would recommend Colville medical Clinic to my friends
100

08/09/2016
very good at listening add explaining
90

08/04/2016
I like him and am glad he is my provider. He never seems to be in a rush to get to someone else but does get things done promptly. Listens well, is encouraging.
100

07/19/2016
Always comforting and consistent.
100

06/29/2016
Caring, compassionate
100

06/18/2016
Best doctor i have seen in years! thank you Dr. Houtchens! he really seem to care.
90

06/12/2016
I have always had good experiences for 23 years at this facility!
80

06/12/2016
Always a pleasant experience
100

06/07/2016
Larry Houtchens is my favorite person to see when I have health concerns
100

05/22/2016
Saved my life 2 times [...]
100

05/12/2016
I like Larry very much. he's a caring and understanding person. I've had no problems with Larry at all [...] Larry himself is a very good person and very good at his job.
50

05/10/2016
Provider ordered a ct scan but had a lack of supporting information in my chart for insurance to approve, waited almost a week before having to see another Dr to get a MRI scheduled. The soonest MRI I could get is over a week from today so I will be waiting almost 2 1/2 weeks to get a test from my initial visit. Called multiple times to try and get answers and keep things moving along all of my calls were not answered.
100

05/10/2016
Larry was wonderful and listened to everything my husband and I had asked. He is a very pleasant man with a very kind personality. His nurse was very efficient in getting my husband and my appointment coordinated so that we did not have to wait. In all it was the best doctors visit we have had in a very long time.
100

05/10/2016
explained everything so I could understand it
70

05/04/2016
[...] the nurse, who I do not remember her name, I thought and my husband thought she could have been a little more friendly, attitude goes a long way when you are dealing with people, even if they are sick or not sick.
90

04/27/2016
The Doctor was very professional and listened to my concerns. He was very helpful and I would recommend him to another friend or family.
90

04/20/2016
He was very personable, even though he is not my usual dr.
70

04/19/2016
[...] I have changed to Dr. [...] for my Primary and most of the reason being that I had problems getting my med refills and authorizations done in a timely matter.... [...]
90

04/12/2016
Have changed from previous provider and am very glad to have been told about PA Houtc hens by a friend. Am very pleased with him.
50

04/06/2016
[...] Larry not cover everything I had mentioned [...]
50

03/29/2016
I have seen this PA before and was fine with him - this time he didnt seem to want to listen to me about the problem - He has seen my husband a couple of years ago and at that time it started ok then kind of got left at the starting gate - if I needed emergency and he was my only choice I probably would see him again - but - it would depend on the emergency
90

03/22/2016
He always listens to my problems and doesn't appear like he is in any rush. although I know that he has a very busy schedule. He is very patient and understanding.
90

03/07/2016
Pleasant visit, with results (good).
40

03/06/2016
I felt the provider tried to get me off a meat/vegetarian based diet to a all vegetarian diet. Not going to happen! [...] Also told me results were "inconclusive" for shingles shots and advised against it. I'll be looking for another primary care DR. or PA.
100

02/16/2016
Want this provider to stay in the area.
100

02/10/2016
One of the best I have dealt with.
90

02/09/2016
He found I had an [...] about to break and he set up and followed via doctors in Spokane to fix [...]
100

02/09/2016
The providers at this clinic work very well together as a team. Even when another provider or nursing, lab, staff, etc. interacts-- they are all working together.
100

02/09/2016
explained everything real well
100

02/07/2016
Colville clinic is the best clinic I have ever been to. You all who work there are the best. [...]
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