When Snell Fontus left home his mother gave him a beautiful tapestry as a going away present, and it has been with him everywhere throughout his college days and his years of surgical residency. For him, it represents his quest for excellence, both professionally and personally. It is with this ideal in mind, and in his heart, that he chooses to serve as a medical team member to remote areas around the globe, such as Ghana, Guam, the West Indies and the Philippines — areas that have limited or no access to professional medical care.
Through his travels around the world Dr. Fontus has experienced a wide variety of cultures and people, giving him a unique perspective and appreciation of the world community. It has also impressed upon him the critical importance of clear, honest, and open doctor/patient communication, no matter where they reside. Each patient arrives with very personal and individual needs and concerns, often beyond the specific medical situation they might be facing. Dr. Fontus is committed to listening with compassion and investing the time to treat each individual as a whole person.
Dr. Fontus is also committed to the principal of ‘giving back’ to his local community and to the larger world community. He served on the Citizens Review Board for the Eugene Police for five years, and for seven years led the local ACT-SO chapter, a division of the NAACP that focuses on empowering youth. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, Dr. Fontus, with the help of PeaceHealth Foundation, brought a medical team to Haiti to offer medical care to those in need. This was the start of Lane Haitian Relief, a non-profit group that works to provide sustainable medical and educational approaches to the health care needs of the Haitian communities. As a result of these experiences, Dr. Fontus is a strong advocate for the idea that we should all look for ways to participate in our local and world communities.
Attracted by its diversity and cultural depth and texture, Dr. Fontus opened his private practice in the Eugene/Springfield area in 1998. He brings with him a deep and abiding commitment to the area and its people and, as always, his mother’s tapestry. Physicians are said to ‘hang out their shingle’ to announce their practice. Dr. Fontus feels the well-traveled, intricately woven tapestry on his office wall is a more appropriate statement of his experience, philosophy, and purpose.