New physician joins staff of Muleshoe Area Medical CenterRhea Gonzales August 29, 2018 0 COMMENTS
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Muleshoe — Kenneth Burk, DO, is on a mission to provide great family care to the residents of Muleshoe and surrounding communities.
“I’ve always wanted to be a physician in a smaller community where I could care for patients of all ages, and in all settings,” said Dr. Burk, “and am happy to call Muleshoe and Muleshoe Area Medical Center my new home.”
“My mom played a major role in my decision to pursue medicine as a career, and
ultimately to practice in a smaller town like Muleshoe,” he noted. “She was a nurse for over 30 years in De Leon, Texas, the town where I grew up,” he continued, “a role she found both challenging and rewarding.”
Family practice is likewise a challenging and rewarding profession.
“As a family practice physician, I wear two hats and I enjoy them both,” explained Dr. Burk. “One is an analytical hat focused on the science of medicine across a broad range of illnesses and injuries. The second is an intuitive hat that helps me relate to my patients, and communicate complex medical information in a way that truly serves them.”
Service is important to Dr. Burk.
Prior to enrolling in medical school, Dr. Burk served in the U.S. Navy for four years, working with the U.S. Marines to protect the Chaplain, Medics and Battalion Surgeon. While in the Navy, he earned his certification as an EMT-Basic and was twice honored with a Navy Achievement Award.
Dr. Burk completed his medical internship and residency in family medicine at Christ Hospital, Jersey City, New Jersey and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Medicine. He also obtained undergraduate degrees from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, and Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.
Dr. Burk began seeing patients at the Medical Clinic of Muleshoe on August 15. Community members who would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burk for themselves or someone in their family should call the clinic at 806/272-7544.
“I would like to encourage my new patients who schedule an exam to please bring all of their medications with them,” said Dr. Burk. “This first visit is great time to review your medications, and verify that drugs and dosages are recorded in your electronic medical record.”
“We are pleased to have Dr. Burk join the hospital and clinic, and ask the community to help us welcome him to Muleshoe,” said Dennis Fleenor, MAMC administrator.