Wilson Medical Center Recruits New Physician

Wilson Medical Center is pleased to announce that Kurtis Herwich, D.O. will be joining the practice of Dr. Bert Chronister and Toni Barnhart, APRN, starting January 3, 2017. Dr. Herwich received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri, and completed his residency in Family Practice at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

"We are excited Dr. Herwich has chosen Neodesha to begin his practice," stated Dennis Shelby, CEO of Wilson Medical Center. "Our joint adventure with Dr. Chronister's and Toni Barnhart's practice will enhance the care we provide to the communities we serve."

Dr. Herwich is a fully-licensed family physician, providing the benefits of modern medicine with the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment. His emphasizes is helping each patient achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. "I am looking forward to living and practicing in a rural area," stated Herwich, "where I can develop long-lasting relationships with my patients, as well as be a valuable member of the community."

He has a special interest in wound and hyperbaric medicine and will complete his advance wound care education course the second week of January.

Herwich is interested in caring for the young and elderly. During his residency rotation, he spent a lot of time with geriatric patients and he enjoys addressing the concerns of these individuals. He is comfortable in numerous outpatient procedures including knee injections, incision and drainage of cysts, gynecologic exams, and osteopathic manipulative therapy.

He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and lived in South Michigan until the age of 15 when his family moved to Kansas City, Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications/Radio & Television from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Before pursuing his medical degree, he worked in video and film production for 14 years, including owning his own production company for eight of those years.

Several of his video production interviews were with pharmaceutical companies' clients who had chronic illnesses, which gave him the desire to learn something that would benefit others and peaked his interest in pursuing his second career.

Doctor enjoys tinkering around with various things, doing woodworking, photography, snow skiing, biking, and hiking. He has backpacked in Colorado, Alaska, and traveled abroad to Germany and France. He is also a big movie fan.

During his residency he went through several surgeries and rehabilitation, which gave him an invaluable insight into the medical system and the challenges his patients face. His experiences as a patient taught him empathy and perseverance.

"I have always tried to give my patients the dignity and respect I would expect for myself," stated Herwich. "My goal is to be the best doctor I can be for my patients."

Wilson Medical Center plans to have a meet and greet for the public in the near future once Dr. Herwich has completed orientation. Dr. Herwich will begin seeing patients the end of January or the first part of February. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Herwich you may call Dr. Chronister's office at 620-325-2622.