January 25, 2012
Toby Paulson is one of the doctors Payson Regional Medical Center brought to the Rim Country in 2011. He and the others now serving area residents are following the footsteps made 100 years ago when Dr. Christian Risser put out his shingle and became the first resident doctor taking care of the pioneers of the Mogollon Rim.
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The doctors Payson Regional Medical Center brought to the community last year (and in previous years) are following a tradition that started 100 years ago. Payson’s first resident doctor, Christian Risser, hung out his shingle in 1912. He served the community and outlying areas until his death in 1933. One of his descendants, another Christian Risser, is still serving the Rim Country’s needs at the Risser-Thomas Eye Clinic. After the first Dr. Risser’s death in 1933, it was another 21 years before the wheels were put in motion to bring permanent medical care to the Rim Country. During the interim, residents had been served by itinerant physicians or those who only lived in the area for a short while.