I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Jose Olivencia and hearing his story. Jose is a 69 -year-old surgeon living in Des Moines, Iowa and has led an inspiring life that is packed with unique and unforgettable experiences. I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to share his story with you.
Jose spent the first 25 years of his life living in the medium sized town of Mendoza Argentina. Living with his father, mother, younger brother, and two younger sisters Jose has good memories of his childhood. After some exposure to the medical world when Jose was in high school, he decided he wanted to become a surgeon and to be trained in the United States. While taking English classes to prepare for his medical exams at the age of 18 Jose met his wife Betty. After many years of dating they married and moved to the United States to pursue Jose’s surgical training.
Jose has been a surgeon in the area for 44 years, and opened the first vein surgery center in Iowa. Although surgery and teaching have kept Jose busy he always makes time to spend with his three children, two grandchildren, and travel the world with Betty. He is not looking forward to retiring, but is ready to volunteer and spend more time with the family he adores.
After two one-hour long interviews that occurred at Jose’s Vein Center, the following pages reflect the conversations had with minimal rewording. The first interview was our initial meeting and we focused on the broad overview of his life. Betty was also present during this first interview and her perspectives are included, particularly in the married and family life sections. The second interview focused on more in-depth topics related to his career, family life, travels and life reflections.
Going into this interview, I was very nervous, but I have loved getting to know Jose and Betty. Jose was very open with me and is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. The strength, courage, patience and willingness to always go on an adventure that Jose demonstrates is outstanding. I hope you enjoy reading Jose’s story as much as I have enjoyed getting to know him.