Dr. Chance Williams was the guest speaker at the annual hospital foundation meeting in April. The Lakin, Kansas native says he and his wife are looking forward to coming to Clay Center to live and raise their family. "When we began looking for areas to live and raise our family, we felt like this was where we wanted to be," Dr. Williams said.
Dr. Williams told those in attendance that growing up as kid, he realized his first dream would not come to fruition. "When I was five to eight years old, I participated in punt, pass and kick," Williams said. Since becoming a football player wasn't in the cards, Dr. Williams stuck to the books.
After high school, Dr. Williams attended Kansas State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Faced with the decision of whether or not to attend veterinary school or the school of medicine, Dr. Williams took a year off and joined a youth ministry team that served youth in Latin America.
While in Panama, he had the opportunity to work with medical missions. Through Dr. Williams' experiences with medical missions it became clear to him that he should go to medical school. "My participation in medical missions made me realize there was a great need and service in the field of medicine," Williams said.
Currently, Dr. Williams is completing his residency at Via Christi Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Williams will begin his employment with Clay Center Family Physicians on August 20th. According to CCFP clinic manager, Ray Frigon, Dr. Williams will see patients at the Wakefield clinic on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. "This will provide additional benefit to the Wakefield community, because now the Wakefield clinic will be open Monday through Friday," Frigon said. Dr. Williams will also see patients in Clay Center.
Dr. Williams said he and his wife, Shauna, and their two children, Racheal and Brayton are ready to come here. "After our first visit, we realized there was something special about this area," Williams said. They have plans to move here in June in order to settle in before Dr. Williams begins seeing patients.