Continued from previous page possible,” he says. “As long as I’m healthy and have the energy level and intellect needed, I intend to practice family medicine in Marshall.” Dr. von Elten has parallels to both of his peers above. He’s a Yankee, like Dr. Lloyd, having spent his early years in Rockland County, New York, and moving to the Northern Neck of Virginia to complete his senior year of high school. Similar to Dr. Royston, he attended the Medical College of Virginia and is board-certified in family medicine. His decision to go into medicine stemmed both from his father’s advice to find something he was passionate about, and his father’s health—he suffered a heart attack and later died of a stroke. “I thought that I could do best preventative care, he continued to broaden his knowledge, acquiring a unique mix of certifications, including board certification in emergency medicine and clinical lipidology, and certification in electrocardiography by the American College of Cardiology and carotid sonology by the American Society of Neuroimaging. Dr. von Elten stresses the significance of having regular contact with patients as a family practitioner. “It puts you in the important position of guiding people,” he says. “I learn about my patients as individuals. Drawing upon that knowledge when they’re sick and perhaps down helps me motivate them to get better.” Countless patients recall their first meeting with him and note the impact he has had on them. It’s no surprise that Dr. von Elten That’s Amore! Bring Your Sweetheart to Grioli’s for Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Menu First Course Shrimp Cocktail Steven W. von Elten, M.D. and patient Dootsie Wilbur Strawberry Spinach Salad Oysters Rockefeller Lobster Bisque the most good through medicine,” Dr. von Elten says. “Family practice gave me the best base to help identify problems.” Having visited Fauquier County, he decided it would be a terrific place to practice medicine, which he began in 1979. He served as the assistant director of Fauquier Hospital’s Emergency Services Department for six years but set up a private family practice in 1983 as well. He decided eventually, however, that he preferred the continuity of patient care that comes with family practice. His solo practice evolved over time, becoming Piedmont Primary Care in 1997. This branched off into three entities, including Piedmont Family Practice, where Dr. von Elten currently serves with seven additional physicians and a host of physician assistants and nurses. To provide the says there hasn’t been a single day that he ever regretted getting up to go to work! How have the paths of these three physicians crossed over the years? It ranges from the coincidental to the sublime. Dr. von Elten opened his first office in one that previously belonged to Dr. Lloyd, and delivered the babies of a few of Dr. Lloyd’s patients who came through the ER when he worked there. Drs. Royston and von Elten practiced family medicine together for a short while early in their careers, and Dr. Lloyd delivered Dr. Royston’s youngest daughter and both of Dr. von Elten’s children. All three have the highest respect for one another, as the community has for each of them. Thank you, gentlemen, for your dedication throughout the years! ~ Nancy Griffin-Bonnaire Second Course Teriyaki Glazed Salmon French Cut Roasted Chicken 8 oz Filet Mingon Beef Wellington Dessert Tuxedo Strawberries Chocolate Lava Cake Liberty Station 11085 Marsh Rd. Suite A, Bealeton, VA 22712 (540) 439-3332 Discover Fauquier ■ February 2018 21