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Schoneberg returns to practice in Rugby

June 7, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Since he made the move to Minot in 1996, Dr. Steve Schoneberg received periodic calls from hospital officials in Rugby, gauging his interest in returning to the city where he practiced medicine for eight years.

Recently, Schoneberg, who had a family practice in Rugby from 1989 to 1996, got another call.

"They called several times in the past 10 years or so and asked if I'd considered coming back," he said. "I'd always been fairly established in Minot. The recent growth and traffic in Minot, it just became a place I didn't want to raise my kid. Out of the blue, they called and asked again. I think the time was right for a change."

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Schoneberg went to medical school and completed his residency in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been in family practice for most of his career, a trend he'll continue in his return to Rugby.

In fact, he's already seen some old patients.

"I've already seen several of them," he said. "It's been wonderful. I'm the only one that hasn't changed much. They're all older and wiser."

Schoneberg's son Jeremy worked at the hospital for a number of years while Schoneberg was practicing in Minot.

"I was here more often when he was here," Schoneberg said. "I actually haven't been back much in the last year or year-and-a-half but I still know a lot of people in town."

Citing family as one of the key reasons for making the move, Schoneberg said his 9-year-old son is already acclimating to the new environment.

"He's already enjoying it and we've only been here for three days," Schoneberg said. "He likes the freedom and spends a lot more time out on his bike. He met some kids across the street and spends some time over there."

While he saw a lot of older patients in Minot, Schoneberg would like to add more families and kids to his patient list in his second stint in Rugby.

"I look forward to seeing more children," he said. "In Minot, it was mostly an adult practice and not as many kids as I'd like to see. It was an older practice. I look forward to to the possibility of seeing more families and younger people."



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