New De Soto doctor comfortable with city
De Soto's next doctor is a self-discribed small-town boy anxious to start his practice in a community that has proven its commitment and loyalty to the local medical clinic.
Dr. Steve Rovenstine visited De Soto Family Practice Friday while he, his wife, Jennifer, and their three children ages 1, 3 and 5, where in the metropolitan area to shop of a house. The 35-year-old doctor said he was impressed with the community's efforts to save the clinic after it was learned Hospital Corp. of America would close it at the start of the year.
"Just hearing the story of what happened -- this is a great community,'" the 35-year-old doctor said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to practice in a small-town clinic in a town that proved how much it wanted a doctor."
The start or that opportunity will have to wait until Aug. 2 as Rovenstine finishes his four-year tour of duty with the Navy. The man who will carry the load at the clinic until that date, physicians' assistant James Boyes, said Rovenstine would be a good fit in De Soto.
"I'm looking forward to working with Steve," he said. "The community really needs to have a doctor. A lot of people prefer to see a physician -- I understand that."
The community would benefit from having a physician in De Soto in case of emergency, Boyes said. And as an osteopath, Dr. Rovenstine could perform the manipulations Dr. Carl Inzerillo used to offer at the clinic, he said.
For Rovenstine, the road to De Soto family practice started in Centraila, Ill., a town of about 15,000in the southern part of that state. He went to Greenville College in Greenville, Ill., before moving on to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo.
"It's the perfect place to go to medical school," he said of the home of osteopathic medicine. "There's nothing else to distract you."
Before entering medical school, Rovenstine accepted a scholarship from the Navy, starting active duty at the conclusion of his residency.
Most of his hitch was spent in Okinawa, Japan, where he treated Navy personal and their dependents. Since August, he has been station at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, again treating active duty personal and their families.
The Rovenstines are familiar with the metropolitan area. Jennifer spent much of her youth in Kansas City, Mo., and went to college at Kansas University. Her grandparents still live in Kansas City, Mo.
Rovenstine's past history and experiences made him stand out when Mid American Physicians interviewed for the De Soto position, said Mid-America Physicians practice administrator Kathleen McInnis.
"The first thing is he's a good clinician," she said. "He comes with a good background and good recommendations.
"He's a nice young man and a good family man who understand family practice. We look for his young enthusiasm to bring some vitality back to this practice."