Dr. Norm Herron grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, but didn’t enjoy country music, so he moved to Texas to attend Baylor University. While there, he met and married his wife Dawn, and decided that he liked country music–especially when they were dancing to it. They moved further south, to San Antonio, Texas for medical school and pediatric residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. Dawn went to seminary at Austin Presbyterian seminary. In 1992, they traveled all over the country while Dr. Herron worked on short-term assignments as a pediatrician in Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, and finally in Ketchikan, Alaska. Their assignment in Ketchikan was for eight weeks (during the rainy fall season!), but they fell in love with Alaska, and when PeaceHealth asked Dr. Herron to take a permanent position as the first pediatrician at Ketchikan’s first pediatric clinic, they happily agreed. Eight weeks became 25 years, and two Southerners became Southeast Alaskans.
In Ketchikan, Dr. Herron worked as one of three pediatricians on the island and Dawn served as a pastor. The pediatric practice in Ketchikan includes providing clinic and hospital care for patients from newborn to young adult with all kinds of medical problems. He enjoyed working with specialists to care for patients with chronic and complex medical conditions so that children could remain in the community for most of their care. Dr. Herron attended deliveries, medevaced very sick patients (when the Southeast Alaska stormy weather allowed!), and delighted in seeing the children of Southeast grow up
Practicing in a rural setting, Dr. Herron came to especially enjoy helping families of children with complex medical conditions, chronic diseases, and ADHD.
Every February from 2011-2016, Dr. Herron traveled to El Salvador with PeaceHealth for a weeklong medical mission. He greatly enjoy helping and getting to know the people of El Salvador, and He hopes to do medical missions again in Central America and the Caribbean.
Dr. Herron enjoys cycling, hiking, running, sea-kayaking, swimming and just about any fun activity outside. Winter indoors often finds him singing in the church choir or reading (especially science fiction and poetry). Now that Dr. Herron has escaped from Ketchikan rain, maybe he can learn to have fun in the Anchorage snow!