This month Dr Nicholas O’Ryan celebrated 30 years of practice in Canowindra. When asking Dr O’Ryan about how he felt about this milestone he said, “My first thought is that I couldn’t do another 30 years! Actu- ally, I’m pretty proud of myself; I arrived up here on my own, on my birthday to start a new life in a town I’d only visited once be- fore!”
Relocating to Canowindra was a big move, with the closest family being his soon to be wife (they married 3 weeks later) Kathryn’s mother who lived in Cudal.
Dr O’Ryan worked at Orange Base after finishing Uni and his sister, her husband and children also lived in Orange. Dr O’Ryan said, “I have always felt a connection to the district.”
Initially only wanting to stay about 7 years they soon stayed longer, “Our children are Canowindra locals and we realised that Canowindra gave them many opportunities and the all important sense of community that you just can’t get in the city.” Dr O’Ryan said.
Dr O’Ryan first decided he wanted to practice medicine when he was about 13 years old. He was focused on this goal throughout his schooling years and worked diligently to make it a reality.
Dr O’Ryan has really enjoyed living and working in Canowindra and loves the opportunity to develop his skills and provide a wide range of services that you wouldn’t get in the city.
“I am privileged to be able to apply an holistic approach to my patients, many of whom I have known for 30 years! I love treating the children of patients who were babies and kids when I first met them! Kerby was a newborn when I first came to town and is now a mother herself!”
To acknowledge the milestone the family are planning a holiday to celebrate both the 30th work anniversary and Nick and Kathryn’s wedding anniversary too.