A Trusted Advisor
These days, there is a lot of information for parents to consider when making healthy choices for their families. Jon Kroenke, M.D., believes this is one reason that having a reliable pediatrician is so important.
“There’s so much information on the internet, or from family members and friends, it can be difficult and confusing,” said Dr. Kroenke. “Parents should have someone they trust to turn to, to provide education and guidance.”
Dr. Kroenke enjoys providing support to families in the Columbus area through his work at Columbus Community Hospital and at Columbus Children’s Healthcare Clinic. Dr. Kroenke came to the area in 2017 after completing medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center and a residency at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.
Dr. Kroenke lived in the small town of Dodge, Nebraska until he was 10, and then moved to Gretna, outside of Omaha, where he lived through high school. He spent two weeks in Columbus during his residency, and it felt like a good fit for his growing family. “I like that it’s a smaller community but still has the many of the resources of a larger city,” Dr. Kroenke said, “I also enjoy practicing medicine in a community this size. I treat a variety of cases and use a large portion of the training I received in residency."
The Kroenke family – three young boys and Dr. Kroenke’s wife, Melissa, – are easily adjusting to life in Columbus and appreciate the welcoming environment in town.
“One thing I enjoy about medicine is that it is ever-changing. With all the research and advances that take place, I am always learning. It’s never boring,” Dr. Kroenke said. It was this sense of curiosity in science – biology and physics in particular – that led him to pursue a career in medicine.
His interest in pediatrics began at home – his mother ran an in-home daycare, so children were a constant. “I just have always liked kids,” Dr. Kroenke said, “I find their honesty refreshing, and I like interacting with families on a personal level.”
Care for All Kids
Working closely with families, through both health and wellness, is what Dr. Kroenke finds rewarding in his daily pediatric practice. “People tend to think that if a kid is healthy, he or she doesn’t need to see a doctor,” said Dr. Kroenke, “But as pediatricians, we are trained to understand children as they grow, and look for anything that might signal a need for further care.” Dr. Kroenke stressed that his practice is open to everyone, “We see kids from all walks of life, and all levels of health, no matter what.”