Doctors Becky and John Gomez of Argyle opened Rapid Med Urgent Care in Highland Village in 2006 with the mission to provide convenient, quality medical care to the community. For the following 15 years, the Gomezes did just that – through their successful medical practice and through John’s work as team physician for the Flower Mound High School football team. This past January, John passed away, shocking the community, which he had served so well. His legacy of helping and healing continues through the work of his wife, Becky, and Rapid Med, which recently opened a new location in Argyle.
“John loved practicing medicine and getting to know his patients,” Becky says. “He often spent a lot of time with them and would expend a lot of extra effort coordinating with specialists when needed in order to get patients taken care of in a timely manner and in the most convenient way possible. He did as much as he could to get patients feeling better as quickly as possible. Many patients had his cell phone number, and he got many texts and calls. I did not even realize the extent of that until after he passed away, and I got his cell phone back from the hospital.”
In addition to being beloved by his patients, John was an integral part of the Flower Mound High School football team.
“He worked as a team physician for them since 2007,” Becky says. “It was around that time that concussion care was really changing. John took it upon himself to become a concussion expert. He attended multiple conferences every year specifically focused on sports concussion and helped develop the concussion protocol for Lewisville ISD around that time. He developed a great relationship with the athletic trainers, coaches and athletes and took care of many of their medical needs, as well.”
Cody Jenschke, Head Athletic Trainer at Flower Mound High School, says John was completely devoted to the team’s medical needs.
“It was full throttle from the start. When Dr. John was doing something, he was all in. Dr. John never settled for anything but the best. His care was always first-class. He truly cared about the athletes at FMHS and the rest of the Flower Mound, Argyle, Lewisville area,” Cody says.
“He would see our sick coaches before games and see kids without insurance for free. He would help with our mass physical day. The man was always willing to go the extra mile and never wanted the recognition.”
Becky says John enjoyed working with student athletes. “He loved it, as it combined two of his passions – football and medicine – and he also treasured he relationships he formed at Flower Mound High School.”
In addition to his work at Flower Mound High School, John was active in his sons’ youth football programs.
“He was an assistant coach for three years, a head coach for one year, then commissioner for two years. He also served as medical officer for the entire North Texas football league for three years,” Becky says.
She says through Rapid Med she hopes to continue John’s work in community outreach.
“At Rapid Med, our staff has continued to provide excellent patient care, as well as customer service,” Becky says. “We have two new staff physicians who have a very similar approach to patient care that Dr. John did, and we have another new physician starting soon. We also continue to support the local schools and other organizations through sponsorships.”
Tara Ladner, Chief Operations Officer at Rapid Med Urgent Care, says the clinic continues to carry out John’s standard of treating patients with empathy and compassionate care.
“He believed in caring for our patients as we would wish to be cared for ourselves. Integrity should never be compromised,” Tara says. “I have had many past providers tell me they would not be the provider they were today if it was not for Dr. Gomez. His passion and expectations for excellent healthcare have been the driving factors of why I love Rapid Med and what it stands for.”
In April, Rapid Med expanded its services, opening its new Argyle clinic, which, Tara says, is modeled after the Highland Village location, with a “homelike feel.”
Tara says the community response to the clinics has been extremely positive.
“One of the first things I do when I get to the office In the morning is look over our daily patient reviews. It is quite impressive to read the feedback from our patients and how thankful they are for the care and compassion they received from our entire staff,” Tara says. “Our patients truly recognize they are getting more than treatment. Our providers are here to build lasting relationships with our patients, and they recognize that.”
Dr. John Gomez wouldn’t have it any other way.
For more information on Rapid Med Urgent Care, visit rapidmed.com.