Being in the Air Force for twenty-eight years has a way of shaping a person in no uncertain terms, especially when large responsibilities are gained early in one’s career. For Meridian family physician, Brian Crownover, rapid professional development came along because of selfless, outstanding mentors and hard-working, patriotic peers. The Air Forces stated and actualized values such as “excellence in all we do” and “service before self” created the environment where difficult tasks could be accomplished and developed in him a resilience the challenges that would invariably follow in active duty service.
Dr. Crownover started his Air Force career at the USAF Academy in Colorado, in 1985, followed by medical studies at the Bethesda Uniformed Services University. His residency took place at Travis Air Force Base’s David Grant Medical Center.
He went on to a Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at Michigan State University before being deployed to Iraq during the 2003 invasion where he served as the first Deputy Commander Expeditionary Medical Unit, 332nd ABW, Balad Air Base. He was part of the 1st rotation at the heavily bombed former Iraqi AF Academy, initiated clinical functions while standing up 1st joint Army/AF combat zone base since Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service. In 2008, he was awarded the US Air Force Field Grade Officer of the Year for Clinical Excellence, rated #1 of 1,882 Medical Corps Field Grade officers.
Because of these experiences, he steadfastly believes that the mission to care for our community should come first and optimally requires a “one team-one fight” mindset. While he serves proudly on the Board of the Independent Physicians of Idaho, he sees what he calls clearly “the balkanization of our medics” and the damage it causes. Dr. Crownover encourages our medical leaders to actively pull together to provide united, coordinated care for neighbors. He has also been active in other Idaho Medical Association activities including the House of Delegates and as part of the Prior Authorization Action Collaborative.
He finished his career in the military as Program Director of Nellis Family Medicine Residency, 99th MDG, in Nevada, being selected from 40 applicants to stand up 1st new AF Family Med residency since 1982. He led the program to accreditation by ACGME 2 with the second inspection receiving ZERO citations and max 5-year reaccreditation and was the medical director for 30,000+ patients, 140 military/civilian personnel, and 25 PCPs.
It was because of a personal experience - his nephew was born developmentally disabled – that inspired him to start Treasure Valley Family Medicine. After retiring from the AF, and moving to the Treasure Valley, his family encouraged him to provide medical care for these very challenging patients in an independent clinic, include mental health prescribing. He went through Dr Chris Streeter’s mini fellowship in child psych and significant other training and launched TVFM in 2014. This has allowed him to provide more whole person care in a medical home for patients that often have difficulty gaining easy access for all their needs.
In his off-time, he and his wife care for more than 30 fruit trees, berries galore (gooseberry, mulberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, blueberry), grape vines, kiwis, and a vegetable garden. He also enjoys fresh fish.