Spotlight on Neighbors: Doctors Dan & Diane Lewis
Having purchased their primary home in Haile Plantation in 1993, the Lewis’s welcomed son, Ryan, to their family in 1994. Both Ryan and Sarah attended and graduated from Gainesville’s St. Francis Catholic High School, where Sarah was in the inaugural class. Dan and Diane are proud to have been involved with the school from its inception. Both Ryan and Sarah went on to graduate from Florida State University as biology majors.
“In her third year of college, Sarah came to help me as a vet technician in my practice,” Diane said. “That experience helped her decide to focus on veterinary and not human medicine. She earned a Master’s degree in Animal Science at UF in 2013. Sarah just completed her first year of veterinary school at UF and will graduate in 2019.”
Son Ryan, according to his dad, “has always loved children. He would spend his spring breaks in college on medical mission trips, working with families in Costa Rica and Belize, as well as a summer in rural Uganda. There, he taught high school science and basic health care through the Global Scholars organization and African Rural Community Outreach Shepherds.”
Ryan was adept at learning the local languages and quickly became a favorite of the children in the places he served. After college he worked in a pediatric endocrinology practice in Tallahassee for six months and is currently teaching ESL in Shanghai, China. Ryan plans to return to the US this fall. Then he’ll take the MCAT and apply to medical school, hoping to enter the field of pediatrics, like his grandfather.
Doctors Dan and Diane Lewis have published extensively in medical journals and have lectured internationally (Australia, Europe, the UK and Ireland, Prince Edward Island, and Grenada, among other places). When they do find time to relax, they take advantage of Haile’s many amenities, including the walking, running and biking trails, and Diane is a regular at yoga classes. They have a long-haired dachshund, Guinness. They spend free time in the summer at the springs or scalloping in the Gulf — a kind of “underwater Easter egg hunt,” according to Diane. The family enjoys outdoor vacations: ascending Half Dome in Yosemite, hiking together in Glacier, Zion, and Bryce National Parks, or rafting the Grand Canyon.