Welcome new member Dr. Luke Van Kirk
Michael Wehrenberg introduced him on Dec. 1. His cosponsor is Gary Whitaker.
Luke was born in St. Paul, Minn., and lived in New Orleans, La., and Olathe, Kan., when he was growing up, He attended Evangel University in Springfield, where friends and professors helped convince him that he should go to medical school. He also met his future wife, Denae, there.
Luke got his medical degree at Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Cal. He only applied to osteopathic schools because he wanted to learn how to manipulate spines and bodies. He initially wanted to go into emergency medicine but soon found he loved continuity of care and getting to know his patients. That made family medicine the most obvious choice for him.
Luke and Denae started dating just prior to medical school. The relationship became long distance since she was in nursing school in Springfield. He opted to do a rotation at Cox Family Medicine residency so he could be close to her.
Luke's residency at CoxHealth started in July 2012 and ended in June 2015. He planned at first to do a mix of ER work and outpatient family medicine. Soon, though, he found he really liked direct primary care (DPC) so he changed his focus. Luke opened his own DPC practice, Command Family Medicine, in Springfield on Dec. 1, 2015.
Luke and Denae have been married for six years and have two boys, Max, 3, and Jet, 11 months. Luke loves spending time with his family, working out, playing golf, and daydreaming about buying a Tesla.