New Family Medicine Doctor Starts Monday

Dr. Kurtis Klecan will begin his family medicine practice in Republic County on Monday, August 31, at the Belleville Medical Clinic.

He is accepting patients now. Appointments can be made by calling 785-527-2217.

He will join Dr. Andy Walker, Dr. Nolan Beavers, Lori Rhine, ARNP and Briana Jensen, ARNP to provide care for patients in the clinic, Republic County Hospital and emergency room, and Jewell County Hospital.

Dr. Klecan finished his residency at Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency this spring, where he received training for a full scope practice. His practice in Belleville will include general medicine and procedures for all ages, including obstetrics.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Kansas in 2012, and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita in 2017.

Dr. Klecan and his wife, Kaylyn, have two children. Kaylyn Klecan is a native of Louisville, Colo., and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baker University. She has worked in a hospital setting on the medical, trauma, and on surgical PACU floors.

“My family and I are eager to join the community of Belleville and can’t wait to work and live alongside you all,” said Dr. Klecan. The Klecans purchased a home and moved to Belleville earlier this summer.

The family enjoys boating, camping, barbecuing, fishing, hunting, gardening, and playing recreational sports. Dr. Klecan is a Topeka native. His father, William, grew up outside of Odell, NE. His mother, Mary Beth (Bruna) Klecan, grew up in Hanover, KS and is the sister to the owners of Bruna Implement. His grandparents and many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins are still in the area. Briana Jensen is one of his cousins.

Brent Scott, Belleville, chairman of the North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation which recruits family medicine physicians to Republic County, said Dr. Klecan’s arrival helps ensure local residents can receive medical care in a timely manner, close to home.

“We are so grateful for the way our local providers have gone above and beyond to care for as many patients as possible, as quickly as possible, in the last year, and while also working with restrictions in one of the most unprecedented times in health care in our history,” he said. “This last six months has underscored the importance of quality, family medicine close to home.

“We are proud of them, and their commitment to their patients across the region.” Scott said the Foundation hopes to recruit a fourth physician within the next year, and is already starting to make contacts with medical students just beginning their educational journeys.

“It is not a quick, or easy, process to find physicians who are a good fit for rural medicine,” he said. “The Foundation hosted and interviewed at least a half dozen more candidates who showed interest in Republic County before we recruited Dr. Klecan.

“Dr. Klecan checked all the boxes for the kind of physician we feel best meets the needs of local patients, and we continue to be in contact with other candidates who show a desire to establish a long term, full spectrum practice,” he said.