On the Move with Duy Tran

Oct 12, 2015 | Staff Stories

Duy Tran will tell you that a key to staying healthy is to pursue a variety of activities and interests. And if there’s one thing he knows, it’s how to stay active. As a Physician Assistant for Associates in Family Medicine’s Windsor office, Duy cares for patients by day, rocks out by night, and travels the globe in search of amazing food. How’s that for an active lifestyle?

Approaching his fifth year at AFM, Duy started his career as a medical services sales representative for a company based in Pasadena, California. He quickly realized that was not the best choice for him. “I have absolutely no persuasive skills whatsoever,” he says. “Not a great trait for sales.”

He spent a couple of years figuring out what he wanted to do next: pursue medicine or become a school teacher. “Third graders are the perfect age to teach,” explains Duy. “They’re still impressionable and haven’t become difficult…um, less impressionable…middle schoolers yet.”

“I definitely consider myself a foodie. I literally plan my travel around food. Korean BBQ is my favorite. My dream someday is to own a Korean BBQ food truck. Either that, or teaching third graders how to make Korean BBQ.”

After trying his hand at an engineering firm for about a year, he decided to go back to school to study medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Philly is a great medicine town. There are four well-known hospitals there, and arguably the top children’s hospital in the country is there also.” While he definitely enjoyed going to school there, he’s grateful to have ended up working in a bustling college town like Fort Collins. “People are freakishly nice here,” Duy says. “The people at AFM truly care about each other and about their patients.”

Outside of work, Duy loves to travel and endeavors to do so almost every month. Much of that travel revolves around his other passion—great food. “I definitely consider myself a foodie. I literally plan my travel around food. Korean BBQ is my favorite. My dream someday is to own a Korean BBQ food truck. Either that,” he muses, “or teaching third graders how to make Korean BBQ.” 

While his easygoing bedside manner and reputation as a traveling foodie are well known, Duy is also known for his musical abilities. The Southern California native picked up guitar at the age of 15 and he’s been playing and singing ever since. He continues to make music locally, singing and playing guitar with his band, Cable Ten. The name is a reference to the fictional public access cable channel used by Wayne’s World hosts Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, played by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live. “We mostly play ’90s covers and a few contemporary hits,” he says. “You know, the kind of music that makes for a great party!”

We do know. Party on, Duy. Party on.

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