doctor’s note

We’ve officially been open for 6 months now!  It feels good to hit that milestone and know we’re going strong.  Moreover, it’s been a wonderful experience to get to know each and (almost) every one of our members in a more personal way than could ever happen in a big, fee-for-service doctor’s office.  As we continue along, I anticipate that there will be the occasional growing pain.  I want each and every one of you to feel comfortable reaching out and letting us know how we’re doing — both on points where we could improve and regarding things that went well.  Our goal, as always, is to provide superior primary care to each and every one of our patients, and we welcome your feedback as we move closer to that goal.
– Dr. Allison Edwards

this month’s health tip

Summer is in full swing, and with it comes a whole host of activities that ramp up in the summer.  From a public health standpoint, it’s also the time of year when we see a dramatic rise in accidents and exposures to the environment that can negatively impact your health.  In this month’s blog post, I review some of the common summertime hazards, prevention tips, and home remedies when available.  I start off by discussing the importance of helmets, which became a little more personal last weekend after my husband’s bike commute ended a little differently than we had planned.   

clinic news

  • Summer vacations.  We will not be scheduling appointments or checking emails on 6/19, 6/20, 6/28, 6/29, 7/3, 7/4, 7/31, 8/1, 8/17, 8/21, 8/22, & 8/23, as the clinic will be closed due to vacation, rural ER shifts, or federal holidays.  If you receive your prescriptions from us, please give us at least a week’s notice this summer for your refills! As promised, we’ll have coverage from other DPC doctors in Lawrence, Westwood and OP on those days if you need to be seen in an urgent manner.  These same physicians will be staffing your urgent phone calls as well during those dates.  
  • Interns and students and staff, oh my!  We’ll have several new faces in the clinic this summer:  
    • Aaron Davis, a second-year medical student at KU, is working with us for a month in May through June as he sharpens his clinical skills and gets more experience seeing how medicine works once you’re beyond the books.  
    • Jay Warring is a recovering policy advocate making a career switch into the healthcare field.  He is a trained EMT and begins classes towards his PA degree in the fall.  He’ll be working with us this summer developing on his clinical skills and helping with some big projects to keep KCDPC moving forward.
    • We’re also hiring! We’re looking for a medical assistant, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or phlebotomist who would be a great fit with the clinic.  We’re patient and are waiting for the right applicant to come along, so spread the word!  Full job description can be found here.
  • Thank you!  Thank you to everyone who came out to last month’s health fair.  We were able to offer health screening, free produce, door prizes, free helmets, yoga, and more to about 75 neighbors, patients, and friends.  Additionally, we had help from some amazing second-year medical students who provided BMI and blood sugar testing.  Thanks to Bahar Barani and Hebron Kelecha for the help keeping Rosedale well!

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