About Dr Emily Clay


Education, Training and Experience

  • Board certified in family medicine, 2003-present
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, 2008
  • Preceptor for WWAMI School of Medicine, 2016-present
  • Family doctor at Moscow Medical, Oct2016-May2018
  • Family doctor at East Olympia Family Medicine with Providence Medical Group, 2013-2016
  • Army doctor (Active duty 2003-2007, and Civil Service 2007-2013), Ft Benning, Georgia (residency faculty 2006-2012)
  • Army Combat Veteran- served in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006
  • Family Medicine residency at Ft Lewis, WA 2000-2003
  • MD from Emory University School of Medicine, 2000
  • BS in Biology from University of Mississippi 1996, Summa cum Laude

Philosophy of Care

I am lucky to love what I do. I feel like family medicine is my calling and practicing medicine is where I am meant to be. I think this is the root of the humility, integrity, empathy and patience I bring to encounters with each patient. 

My approach to patient care is simple- a thorough history and physical is the key to optimal patient care. In family medicine, this takes experience, a focus on process and detail, and a knack for talking to people. I will be an advocate for each and every patient. 

Why did I make this change?

Over the past 19 yrs of practicing medicine, I have noticed that more and more people are growing frustrated with today's medical trends.  Insurance deductibles are increasing so people are paying more out-of-pocket for their care. Increasing overhead costs and decreasing insurance reimbursements are resulting in practices that see an ever-growing number of patients each day.  And doctors have pressure to see more patients, making visits shorter and wait times longer.  For many people, the result is scheduling challenges, long wait times, urgent-care visits with providers who don't know them, and unnecessary visits to emergency rooms. All of this leads to lower quality care and higher costs to patients.  Feeling burned out in traditional insurance-based clinic visits, I turned to Direct Primary Care to bring energy and joy back into my daily patient encounters! 


 My 3 daughters and I moved to Moscow in summer 2016. We have enjoyed becoming part of our church and local community, schools and sports teams, have enjoyed the Farmers Market and all that the Palouse has to offer.  When not spending time with my family, I enjoy gardening, reading, jewelry-making, playing the flute, fishing, and being a soccer/ volleyball/ softball mom.
Emily's daughters are excited that their mom is "her own boss" and that the clinic is so close to Moscow High School and downtown Moscow. 

* Dr Emily is changing her last name from Todd to Clay in June 2019.