It was a different time when Dr. W. Hadley Hoyt started practicing medicine. During his early days, he recalls a time when his services covering a doctor's practice in Macks Creek were once reimbursed with squirrel soup and he regularly made house calls.

It was a different time when Dr. W. Hadley Hoyt started practicing medicine. During his early days, he recalls a time when his services covering a doctor's practice in Macks Creek were once reimbursed with squirrel soup and he regularly made house calls.

This year, Dr. Hoyt has reached a career milestone few can boast. He is now in his 50th year practicing medicine.

Born in Kirksville, Missouri, Dr. Hoyt grew up in New England before returning to Kirksville to attend what is now Truman University. He attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, acquiring his D.O. in 1968. Although internships weren’t required to get your medical license at that time, Dr. Hoyt chose to intern at Charles E. Still Osteopathic Hospital (now Capital Region Medical Center). He covered a doctor’s practice in Macks Creek prior to that.

After completing his internship, he and his partner founded a family practice clinic in what is now Park Hills, Missouri. As a board-certified family physician his practice included focuses on obstetrics (with over 1,000 deliveries), surgery and internal medicine, as it was common then for the family doctor to provide these services to patients.

Dr. Hoyt left family practice in 1981 for a residency in Otorhinolaryngology and Oro-Facial Plastic Surgery. He is a fellow in the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Oro-facial Plastic Surgery, and served as the organization’s national president. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. Following completion of his surgical training he practiced in Des Moines, Iowa for 15 years. While in Iowa he lectured extensively, served as president of his state medical society and established a resident training program. Dr. Hoyt had long been coming to the Lake of the Ozarks. In 1965 during medical school he spent a summer as broiler chef at Tan Tar A Resort. He and his family had vacationed here for years and had built a vacation home on the Lake.

In 1999 they made the easy decision to move to Osage Beach where he joined fellow ENT specialists Dr. Michael Simmons and Douglas Howland at Mid-Missouri Ear, Nose and Throat at their Osage Beach location and practiced his surgical specialty at Lake Regional Hospital. Their practice merged with JCMG ENT & Sinus Surgery in 2012.

Dr. Hoyt now practices only at their Lake office while Dr. Simmons and Dr. Howland split their time between the Osage Beach clinic and Jefferson City. The team at JCMG ENT & Sinus Surgery offers a full range of medical and surgical treatment for patients with diseases of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck.

Dr. Hoyt has a special interest in hearing loss and equilibrium issues.

“The most rewarding times in my present practice are when I have been able to help relieve a patient’s vertigo or improve their hearing, particularly idiopathic sudden hearing loss,” said Dr. Hoyt.

Dr. Hoyt also finds his training in facial plastic surgery beneficial to his practice as he frequently removes skin cancers and other lesions.

At this point in his career, Dr. Hoyt limits his practice to adults only.

“I enjoy taking my time and visiting with them,” he said. “Generally, I’m not in such a hurry.”

Dr. Hoyt and his wife Anita, who was also born in Kirksville, have been married for 51 years. Dr. Hoyt’s son and wife live in Springfield, Missouri and are both doctors as well. He has a married daughter living in Bronxville, New York and five grandchildren.

Even after 50 years, Dr. Hoyt isn’t finished. He sees new patients and encourages Lake area residents to make an appointment for allergy relief, hearing loss, inner ear/balance problems, facial skin lesions, or any other ear, nose and throat-related complaint with his JCMG group.