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1. Name and job title: Dr Lance Longmore, Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Longmore Clinic
2. What do you do in your job? I take care of patients and run the Longmore Clinic. As a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist, I see patients in the clinic and hospital and perform invasive cardiac procedures. I am also a teacher in various medical schools and residency programs.
3. Where were you born and when is your birthday? I was born in Pocatello. I have a birthday in October which was always great for
Halloween themed birthday parties.
4. How long have you lived in eastern Idaho and what city do you live in now? I have lived in eastern Idaho most of my life. I kept my Idaho cell phone number when we moved for residency and scholarships. We currently live in Pocatello, a few blocks from where I grew up.
5. Tell us about your first job after high school or college. In high school and college, my brother Ryan (also a cardiologist) and I ran a window cleaning business in Pocatello for about 10 years. Some of our clients are now our patients! I’ve learned that the way you do anything is the way you do everything, and the attention to detail and customer service that requires washing windows is great preparation for becoming a doctor.
6. What’s the best business decision you’ve ever made? Become an independent doctor. Now I am able to take care of my patients
exactly as I want.
7. Tell us about your family. My wife (Rosemary) is a girl from Idaho and we have 5 children from Idaho who enjoy the outdoors, reading and spending time together.
8. Tell us about a movie or book that has inspired you the most in life. Groundhog day. We watch it every year. At first it was just a funny movie, but over the years I’ve realized how deep it is spiritually and philosophically. The idea that over time someone might go from being completely egotistical to “Can I do something for you today?” Is a nice concept. I believe in redemption.
9. Tell us about a lesson you learned from a mistake you made in your career. In college we had a retail business that we grew from 2 locations to 12 locations over a one month period. This required the hiring of a lot of temporary workers. There were a lot of issues, including theft. Also, they weren’t as motivated as the owners. Basically, we’ve learned that you can’t clone yourself. Growth must be controlled and trust must be earned. I have found that teaching and training employees over time in a stimulating way pays huge dividends.
10. What goal do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months? Maximize our reach. We currently have 5 clinic locations and we are counting.
11. What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you are doing? Find the person who does exactly what you want to do and work with them, even if it’s free. Mentorship is the most valuable resource in any profession.
12. If you could start all over again, what would you do differently? Don’t worry so much. Most of our worries never happen. Focusing on problem solving and learning from mistakes is much more productive than ruminating. If you’re knocked down, get up. You have to learn to ignore the bully in your head and believe in yourself.
13. What is your favorite place to eat in eastern Idaho? Japanese steakhouse Fuji. Everything they do is great.
14. Tell us something surprising about yourself. I have never been to Hawaii.
15. How do you like your potatoes? I love a beautiful baked Russet Burbank potato.
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