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Following in father’s footsteps a natural fit

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11:29 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11:36 p.m.

It’s not hard to see that William Loewen and daughter Kim Kenas – both family physicians – are close.

“I love the practice of medicine,” Loewen said while sitting in an office at West Wichita Family Physicians, where he and his daughter have worked together for the past nine years.

“It’s been a really gratifying career, and I thoroughly enjoy the aspect of taking care of people. So for me, enjoying it as much as I have, it feels like a bit of validation when your children pick up on what you really love and that’s what they decide to do as well.”

For Kenas, the path to become a doctor became clearer as she got older. She spent time filing charts at the office in high school, but she said her dad never tried to sway her to pursue medicine.

“I always liked science and math, and I guess growing up, I just picked up on the things he talked about – that he was happy, loved his job, was well loved by other people, was able to be home with family and just all the benefits that went along with it,” she said.

Now, she can ask her father for expertise while on the job.

“I’m able to just walk across 30 feet and ask him what he would do with certain things, so that’s been really neat. … In a way, I think I grew up here and was so used to being around the office and all of the people here that it was just natural,” Kenas said.

Loewen graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1971 and joined West Wichita Family Physicians in 1972. He hasn’t let bypass and back surgeries slow him down.

The practice, which was founded in the early 1960s, has grown to 26 physicians.

“He’s been a leader since he’s been here,” Kenas said.

Kenas graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2001 and joined the practice in 2004. Both trained at Via Christi Health programs in Wichita.

Shared philosophy has also made an impact, and the two have participated in mission work together.

“Our faith has been really important as well in our end goals and like desires to try to help people,” Kenas said.

“We follow New Testament principles to treat others the way you want to be treated and helping and caring about others,” Loewen added.

Loewen couldn’t help but sing the praises of his daughter.

“She does medicine extremely well,” he said. “She really does.”

“Dad, stop. I’ve had a wonderful example to follow.”

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com.

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