CLINTON — When Cori Stettler became pregnant last year, her choice of doctor to deliver the baby was an easy one.
Dr. Robert F. Bitner had delivered all six of her grandmother’s children, including her mother. Stettler and her four siblings were all delivered by Bitner’s son, Dr. Mark Bitner.
“Dr. Mark Bitner was the obvious choice,” Stettler said. “He is the nicest guy you will ever meet. He remembers your name, gives you a hug, remembers everything about you. I just wanted him to take care of me through my pregnancy and then deliver my baby.”
Baby Rylan was recently born at Davis Hospital and Medical Center to Stettler and her fiancé, Tony Bouwhuis and the couple couldn’t be happier with his care.
Robert Bitner retired in 1996 after 43 years of practicing medicine at Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Each year, a physician is given the Robert F. Bitner award, which honors high standards of excellence. A medical office building at the hospital was also named after the physician. His son, Mark Bitner, is an OBGYN at Tanner Clinic.
The family tradition of having the Bitner physicians deliver their children began with Evelyn Williams, Stettler’s grandmother. Bitner delivered LeeAnn Thompson, Sue Christensen, Steve Williams, Alan Williams, Dan Williams and Nancy Stettler, Cori’s mother.
“I started going to Dr. (Robert) Bitner when I became pregnant. At my first appointment they asked me if they could recommend another doctor to me,” Nancy Stettler said. “I asked who that would be and they told me it was Dr. Bitner’s son, Mark, so I said absolutely.”
Mark Bitner delivered Casey, Cori, Colton and Coby Stettler.
“He was wonderful,” Nancy said. “I didn’t hesitate to use him at all because his father was such a wonderful doctor. He took care of me throughout my childhood. He even met my mom after hours at the clinic one time when she was sick and Dr. (Mark) Bitner did the same for me when I broke my ankle.”
The family said they are grateful for the care they have received from the doctors and would recommend them to anyone.
“He’s awesome,” Stettler said. “Everything went really well. I would recommend him to anyone. I’m hoping to have a girl one day so I can recommend him to her.”