Infantile screeching and wailing rings through the halls of a Muskogee pediatric clinic.
Dr. Tracy A. Hoos II just keeps talking.
“Crying or screaming just becomes white noise to me,” Hoos said. “Maybe that’s why I can’t sleep well sometimes. I need crying kids in the background.”
Hoos has come to know those sounds well since starting his pediatric practice at Children’s Clinic in July 2010.
Of course, taking care of dozens of sick or hurt kids can be stressful, Hoos said.
“Sometimes in the summer we see 20 to 30 kids a day, and if we have a bad flu season, we might see more than that,” he said. “But I still find it fulfilling. Kids don’t complain as much as adults. You can have a really sick kid and they’re playing.”
As he nears his 37th birthday, Hoos feels he’s found the right profession.
After graduating from high school in 1994, Hoos went to Northeastern State University and earned a degree in psychology. Then he worked in case management, emergency services at Parkside Psychiatric Hospital in Tulsa.
“I’ve always wanted to go into fields that helped people,” he said. “I worked in the mental health field for six years, but I got a desire to go back to school. As I met Dr. Mike Stratton, he exposed me to pediatrics and I fell in love with it. It’s part of my nature to help others.”
A big change from when he was growing up.
“My dad had Buckaroo Nursery for the longest time,” Hoos said. “I spent most of my time pulling weeds, watering plants, moving trees.”
Meet Dr. Tracy Hoos II
AGE: 36 (turns 37 Wednesday)
EDUCATION: Hilldale High School, 1994; Bachelor of Arts, Northeastern State University, 1998; Oklahoma State University, 2007.
FAMILY: Wife, Kristi Hoos; two sons, Trey, 9, and Cadyn, 6.
CHURCH: Timothy Baptist Church.
HOBBIES: Exercise, playing drums. “Spending time with my family is the biggest thing.”