2013: An Amazing Year (and here’s to a great 2014)

IMG_0783After leaving my former practice on December 31, 2012 to start my own allergy practice, I waited out a one-year non-compete agreement. This 52-week sabbatical was an opportunity of a lifetime, and one I haven’t taken for granted. Thanks to a 15-year relationship with Dave Ramsey and a committed teammate/soulmate/wife, we were able to pursue interests which I had put off due to time constraints or because I had not been brave enough to tackle. I coached my youngest son’s t-ball team. I dusted off my guitar. I read more. I learned to blog. I picked my children up from school.

Biltmore in Asheville, NC - January 2013

Biltmore in Asheville, NC – January 2013

IMG_7602My family rang in the New Year in Florida with my parents. Over the course of the year, we traveled east coast to west coast, from the Biltmore to Yellowstone. Tent camping for nearly a month out west and visiting 14 national parks awakened a spirit in me and offered peace, clarity and appreciation for God’s majesty. It was an unforgettable and cherished family adventure. My mantra for the year became, “Because I can.”

As I look forward to opening day, I am filled with thanksgiving. I am thankful for the past and excited about the future. I have been so blessed, and I can’t wait for you to meet my team. I miss seeing patients, and I have a zeal to throw open the doors and resume the practice of allergy. It’s what I love and believe I’m good at…

IMG_6940Thanks to friends, family and former patients who have supported me and my journey to this exciting point. I look forward to our continued journey together. See you in 2014!

Dr. Derek Damin
(If you want to learn more about our out-west-adventure, check out my wife’s great travel journal at http://www.travelingdamins.wordpress.com.) IMG_0379 IMG_3282 IMG_3185 IMG_2584 IMG_2583 IMG_2544 IMG_2517 DSC_0968 DSC_0964 IMG_2450 IMG_2424 IMG_2412 DSC_0920 IMG_2369 IMG_2358 DSC_0873 IMG_2175 IMG_2129 IMG_2130 DSC_0833 IMG_2058 IMG_2033 DSC_0630 DSC_0605 DSC_0502 DSC_0488 IMG_1465 IMG_1346 DSC_0368 IMG_1341 DSC_0357 IMG_1322 IMG_1166 IMG_0980 DSC_0213 IMG_0746 IMG_0632 DSC_0013 IMG_3467 IMG_3465 IMG_3378 IMG_3452 IMG_3241 IMG_3222 IMG_2872 IMG_2862 IMG_2715 IMG_2601 IMG_2529 IMG_2485 IMG_2299 IMG_2298 IMG_2296 IMG_2258 IMG_2257 IMG_2066 IMG_2042 DSC_0777 DSC_0761 IMG_1763 IMG_1771 IMG_1616 DSC_0530 IMG_1429 IMG_1435 IMG_1373 IMG_1372 IMG_1272 IMG_1249 IMG_1178 IMG_0942 IMG_0921 IMG_0916 IMG_0840 IMG_0834 IMG_3561 IMG_3573


3 responses to “2013: An Amazing Year (and here’s to a great 2014)

  1. Great pictures. Your boys will remember this amazing adventure forever. See you soon in your new location.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Margaret Reinhart

    Dr. Damin,

    I so enjoyed reading your blog and all the pictures from your vacation! What an awesome year you had! I wish you all the best for 2014 and I know it will be just as exciting. Happy New Year!

    Margaret Reinhart

  3. What a great year! Thanks for sharing. See you in 2014!

    Sent from my iPad


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