Dr. Joseph Anistranski is the Medical Director at The Wright Center for Primary Care Wilkes-Barre. He also leads The Wright Center for Primary Care Old River Road in Luzerne County as physician-faculty, caring for patients and preparing doctors to serve within the ever-changing healthcare landscape.
What made you want to become a doctor?
Even when I was in grade school, I knew I wanted to do something within the field of science.
What made you want to study family medicine?
It involves a little bit of everything. I have the opportunity to get to know the patients I treat, and I’ve been taking care of some patients since I did my residency. I have the opportunity to sit down and talk to patients about what’s going on in their lives and with their families.
What made you want to stay and practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania?
I was born and raised here, and I find that it’s very helpful when I can understand where my patients are coming from.
What do you like most about teaching residents?
I give them my perspective of having practiced for 30 years. There is a lot more to family medicine than just science. I do the best I can with each patient, try to keep them out of the hospital and keep them healthy. I want our office to be relaxed and an overall enjoyable experience.
What’s the most rewarding/challenging aspects of your job?
I have 30 years invested into the relationships I built with my patients and their families. However, I’d be happy to go back to paper instead of the computer. It would be great to go back to when I could write a prescription I thought was best for the patient that was easily filled at the pharmacy without worrying about insurance or expense.
If you weren’t a doctor, what would you be?
Maybe I would be a fishing guide.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love to fish, especially walking the trout streams. I also really enjoy running and handball. Even while I’m on vacation at the beach, I need to get up and move.
People may not know this, but I’m an avid outdoorsman.