An Erie doctor is getting a big change of scenery. He'll be treating patients in Iraq.
Dr. Regan Shabloski is packing his duffel bag, getting ready to head to Ft. Indiantown Gap this Friday, where he'll then get his official orders.
Dr. Regan Shabloski, Assistant Dean at LECOM, will leave Friday and eventually will be deployed to Iraq.
He's set to serve a 3 to 4 month tour with the Pennsylvania National Guard's Medical Detachment.
He'll be working in emergency rooms, in combat zones, treating injured soldiers and civilians.
And this isn't the first time he's served overseas.
Back in 2005 and 2006, he served in Baghdad and also in Ramadi.
He's been with the National Guard for 14 years. He's worked in emergency rooms state-side for 20 years.
But he says working in a combat zone, is a whole different experience.
"It's always a positive experience. Positive in the fact that we're there, you're helping people. You're doing you job well, and you're saving lives, and minimizing suffering, and you hope you're making an impact." said Shabloski.
One of the toughest parts of leaving, he says is leaving his wife and two daughters behind.But he says he'll try to keep in touch via Skype.