Dr. Kendal Klein, a Mt. Vernon physician at Country Corner Family Medical Center,
has announced he is taking a two-year sabbatical beginning May 1.
Klein, a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, has been practicing in the Mt. Vernon area for 20 years. He and his family moved to the Mt. Vernon area from El Dorado, Ark., in 1991.
Klein is a volunteer with the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Lawrence County Amateur Radio Emergency Service group. He volunteers as the financial and membership clerk for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Klein said he is looking into doing volunteer work locally, possibly overseas. He previously served a two-year mission for the church in the Samoan Islands. He taught basic health, sanitation and gardening. He and his family returned to Samoa three years ago to find some improvements made, but many ongoing needs have not been addressed.
Klein has lost two close family members within the last three years.
"Although they were both very sad experiences, they helped us focus more on the importance of our family," Klein said. "One thing I plan to do is spend more time with my family. That's something that too often has to take a back seat to other things in the busy life of a physician."
Klein plans to spend part of the next two years getting caught up on personal goals.
"After that, we'll see what the healthcare landscape looks like and make a decision about returning to private practice or associating with one of the larger healthcare groups," Klein said. "In any event, we plan to stay in the Mt. Vernon area. My wife has too many flower beds, and I have too many blueberry bushes, for us to even think about moving somewhere else."
Patients wanting copies of their office records or have them transferred to another doctor should call the clinic at 417-466-7700.