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By McKenna Porter - The Clay Center Dispatch, July 30, 2010

Christopher Worthen“Clay Center is the dream location,” new Doctor Christopher Worthen said recently in a “New Settler” interview. Living here as a child while his dad managed the TG&Y, and his mom worked as a nurse at the hospital, he fell in love with Clay Center.

Growing up in Concordia, he was able to keep and eye on Clay Center and after finishing medical school set his sights to return. “People say not to put all your eggs in one basket,” Christopher said, “I did look at a couple of places in Nebraska but I wanted all my eggs in Clay Center.”

“Clay Center was my first choice and as luck would have it, they had availability.”

Christopher feels like he is living a dream. His mother Arlinda Worthen, who is still a nurse in Concordia, has been his inspiration to becoming a doctor. Graduating Concordia High School in 1993, he then attended KU in Lawrence and received his Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology.

Continuing on to fulfill his dream he then went to the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he received his Master of Arts in anthropology. He attended medical school at Ross University and finished with his residency in Lincoln, Nebraska. He says the whole reason he went to medical school was to become a small town doctor.

Happy to be in Clay Center, as he is close to family, his father and mother in Concordia, and his sister and her three children in Olathe, he plans to buy a house and spend his whole career here, as he laughingly said “be buried here.”

Christopher said there isn’t a lot to get used to living here, he loves the people and feels like he already has family here. He says, “It’s a great feeling knowing that I can contribute to this community.” Contributing is something that is a passion for him. He is planning on going to Haiti July 30th to provide medical care to anyone and everyone he sees. Christopher also plans to go to Kenya in December of 2010.

Since Christopher has only lived in Clay Center a few days he hasn’t had time to look into a church home. Hew would very much like to get involved in this community, and would like to know more about the civic organizations here to see what each organization does. He did mention that his favorite thing about Clay Center so far, had to be Danny’s Grill, and plans to go back to sample the onion straws and the dip that accompanies them.

Dr. Worthen will officially start his practice at the Clay Center Family Physicians on August 10, 2010. He will be a family doctor including Obstetrician (OB). He speaks Spanish proficiently and said that several of his OB patients in Nebraska during his residency spoke only Spanish. He says he thinks it helps to calm his patients and their families when the doctor doesn’t need an interpreter to help communicate.

If you are looking for a new doctor and would like to schedule and appointment, call Clay Center Family Physicians at 785-632-2181, Se-Habla Espanol.