St. Charles is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeremy Kenison as a new Family Medicine physician at the Sisters Family Care Clinic.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Kenison attended Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado and then went on to serve for 10 years as an active duty physician in the U.S. Navy, most recently in Washington. Now a civilian, he is excited to be serving the Sisters community and to start building relationships with patients of all ages.
“I’m looking forward to engaging with my patients, from newborns to retirees, and building that physician-patient bond while providing them with a broad spectrum of care,” Kenison said. “I want to understand who they are and their concerns, and what they need from me so I can better advise and help them understand their health and their health journey.”
Dr. Kenison is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, which typically take a more holistic, whole-person approach to health care and emphasize improving wellness through education and prevention. Kenison believes in providing his patients with an informed and clear understanding of medicine, and empowering them to understand and take charge of their well-being.
Osteopathic forms of treatment and diagnosis can also involve manual medicine, called osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT), of which Kenison is a big proponent.
“OMT is often focused on musculoskeletal and chronic pain issues, but it can also help out in other areas like your lymphatic and pulmonary systems. There’s a lot of opportunity for where hands-on manipulation can augment what the body is naturally doing to heal, with very minimal side effects.”
Hiring a new provider is one of the ways that St. Charles is demonstrating its commitment to serving the Sisters community. The health system also reopened the Sisters lab this summer, eliminating the need to commute to Bend or Redmond for lab services, a move that has already garnered gratitude from patients and caregivers.
Kenison is looking forward to being a part of that long-term commitment and becoming a health resource patients can look to in times of need.
“Sisters is a smaller practice but that’s exactly what I’m excited for and what I came from in Washington. Growing the clinic and finding how we can be of service and how we can best support that community is something I’m definitely excited for.”
When not working, he and his family are looking forward to exploring Central Oregon and spending as much time outdoors as possible.