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WINTER 2020

Passion Outside of Practice
It's our pleasure to highlight a Lancaster City & County Medical Society member's "passion outside of practice" in
each issue of Lancaster Physician. Beyond their commitment to health care, LCCMS members have many other
talents, skills, and interests that might surprise you. In this issue, we're thrilled to feature Alice Riden, MD, and her
passion outside of practice.

Alice Riden , MD

Penn State Health Medical Group - Cornerstone

Creator. Being a family doctor is clearly an "indoor
job," so any chance that I get to take my camera
for a hike is a welcome diversion.

How did you develop an interest
in your passion outside of
practice?
Having grown up on a farm in Central PA, my four
siblings and I were constantly outside, observing
God's hand on a day-to-day basis. I fell in love
with nature and science at a very early age and
can honestly say that is what prompted me to be
a biology major in college. Ultimately, that led me
to go into medicine as a career.

A near-full moon over Dr. Riden's backyard

The sun setting over Lititz, PA

Passion
Outside of
Practice:

PHOTOGRAPHY

One of my favorite fun pastimes is photographing
nature. Growing up on a farm in Central PA made
me fall in love with nature. I have always seen
God's creation as totally awe-inspiring.
So, when I got my first camera as a child, it was
all aspects of nature that became my favorite
subjects. By no means am I a professional

My love of photography also goes back to my
childhood, when I got my first Kodak camera.
Naturally, catching glimpses of beautiful flowers,
insects, sunsets, etc., became a passion. Now every
opportunity to travel, hike, or take my camera for a
walk is welcomed.

Why is this pursuit special
to you?

A Glasswing butterfly poses for a photo opp in the Butterfly
House at Hershey Gardens

Briefly describe your passion
outside of practice.

How long have you been
participating in this activity?

No photo can ever capture as much as the human
eye. But when my husband gave me a Nikon Cool
Pix P900, it opened up a whole new realm of things
that I could photograph, even the moon! Even
when I don't have my "good camera" with me, I
still enjoy photographing nature with my phone's
camera, which I almost always have along!
We can never fully comprehend the beauty and
diversity of God's creation. Taking pictures and
sharing them with others has become one small
way of appreciating and acknowledging all that
we have to be thankful for.

What else would you like
readers to know about this?
photographer, but since my husband gifted me
with a wonderful Nikon camera, my photo quality
has definitely improved. It is also incredible that
cell phone cameras have become so good; now I
generally have a camera with me at all times!
Nature Photography combines both my love of the
outdoors and the joy that I find in capturing it on
camera. Whether it is a tiny leafhopper or a vast
sunset, all of nature speaks to the glory of God, its

LANCASTER

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PHYSICIAN

We are all called to be stewards of this Earth.
Learning to preserve and protect the environment
for future generations is so important. Take the
time to look...really look around you. Appreciate
the beauty that is all around us, pointing each of
us to an amazing Creator.



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