Jason Dansby narrowed his career choices down at an early age. As a kid in Valliant, he decided that he was either going to be a doctor or a lumberjack. As he got older, he broadened those fields a bit, and explored veterinary medicine as well as teaching before he eventually decided on his first love — being a doctor.
Growing up in southeastern Oklahoma on a 300-acre ranch, Dansby is no stranger to cattle, horses and hay. The middle child of three boys, the 6-foot, 3-inch doctor said he is the runt of the family. He said he was riding horses before he could even reach the stirrups.
“I remember that if I ever got on a horse I had to make sure there was a stump nearby so I could boost myself on,” Dansby said. “I did things that I wouldn’t even dream of ever letting my children do.”
When Dansby was 15, his dad was transferred to North Carolina but was transferred back just five years later. Upon completion of his residency in Fort Smith, Ark., Dansby was traveling down the Muskogee Turnpike one afternoon, headed for Claremore, when he made a joke to his wife, Amber.
“I looked at her and asked her if she wanted to move to Muskogee,” Dansby said. “She looked at me and laughed and said, ‘Yeah, right.’ About a week later, we got a phone call asking me to come here to interview for a position at a family practice.”
With the wheels set in motion, Dansby moved to Muskogee.
Meet Jason Dansby
HOMETOWNS: Valliant, Muskogee.
CAREER: Family physician.
EDUCATION: Plymouth High School, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma Medical School, residency at Fort Smith (Ark.) Area Health Education Center.
FAMILY: Wife, Amber; daughters, Alexis, Ella, Caroline; son, Luke.
CHURCH: First Baptist, Muskogee.
HOBBIES: Kids, hunting, fishing, ranching and church.