Dr. Matt Lovato is a Wyoming native who brought his pediatric expertise to the South when he moved to Gadsden in 2007. Dr. Lovato attended Hastings College in Nebraska for his undergraduate studies, and earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska. His residency was in Kalamazoo, Michigan, spent three years in the Air Force, and worked in Auburn before making Gadsden his home. He has been practicing medicine in Gadsden for over 15 years and especially enjoys getting to know his patients and watching them grow over the years.
In his free time, Dr. Lovato hosts exchange students from foreign countries and is always finding new ways to share American and Alabamian culture with them, especially by finding fun things to do in Montgomery, Birmingham, or Atlanta. He also frequently volunteers with his church youth group and spends a week each summer at Camp Catch-a-Rainbow supporting children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Dr. Lovato is board-certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and has additional training in adolescent medicine. He brings empathy, experience, and a passion for medicine to Etowah Pediatrics.
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What is your favorite piece of advice or quote?
“There’s no problem that can’t be solved.”
Who are some of the people in your life who inspire you the most and why?
No specific person, but I’ve always tried to have different people in my circle, different backgrounds and perspectives. It’s important to be aware of and listen to people whose perspective is different from your own so you can draw inspiration and learn something from others’ experiences.
What is your perfect weekend day? Describe what you would do and who you would be doing it with!
I usually like to do things with my exchange students. We’ll do a day trip to Montgomery, Birmingham, or Atlanta, or do something outside at Noccalula Falls. The biggest thing is making the most of their experience in America. I also go to church every Sunday because it would make grandma happy!
Tell us a childhood story about when you were living your best life!
When I was 13, I represented Wyoming at a national monopoly tournament in Washington DC. I finished 2nd overall!
What is your favorite part of your daily job that isn't part of your job description?
I love seeing kids grow up, going from babies to growing personalities and becoming independent.
What is the best part of working at Etowah Pediatrics?
I’ve only been at Etowah Pediatrics for a couple of weeks, but everyone in the office has been so nice. I like that they pay a lot of attention to family and work life balance.