From the time he was little, Dr. Chavis’ parents taught him (without knowing – like all parents do!) how to care for both special needs and typically developing children throughout the various stages of childhood and adolescence. Like many parents raising children with different capabilities, his parents instilled in him the importance of patience, the value of every accomplishment, and bringing out the best in others. With these life experiences and knowledge, Dr. Chavis was able to get involved in his community, putting his skills to good use and discovering his passion for taking care of others in the process. He would eventually enroll in medical school to turn his passion into a career. As a pediatrician, Dr. Chavis appreciates the variety of people waiting on the other side of the door for him. No two visits or families are alike, and that makes his days interesting and exciting! From helping teens learn to advocate for their own health and well-being to reassuring new parents they’re doing everything right, he seizes every opportunity to inspire good health by giving people confidence in their own abilities. Teaching children and parents skills to create a happier, healthier future is a pediatrician’s greatest legacy. A music aficionado, Dr. Chavis is rarely seen without his iPod and might (on occasion) ignore his own advice for maximum headphone volume. Listening to music and taking in live shows – bands or theater – are bigtime stress relievers and a large part of his personality. He knows his way around any dance floor, and can often be found busting a move in hip hop classes around Portland. Evenings are spent with his partner, discussing how much their overweight cats hate their new diet and planning their next travel adventure.