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Kimberly Williams, MD

Program Director

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Dr. Kimberly Williams joined Smoky Hill FMRP as an Associate Director in 2010. In October of 2018 she took on the role of Program Director. Prior to joining on as faculty, she received her Bachelors of Science in General Science from York College in York, Nebraska. She then went on to complete her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine- Wichita.

Dr. Williams then traveled to Pennsylvania with her husband Caleb to complete her residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she served as chief resident. After residency, Dr. Williams completed a one year Fellowship in Faculty Development in Lancaster.

Dr. Williams is from Wichita and enjoys being close to family. In her spare time, Dr. Williams enjoys being active in her church, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their 3 children,

Dr. Williams is a member of the AAFP, KAFP and CMDA. Her special interests include women’s health, obstetrical care and diabetes.


Robert S. Freelove, MD, CEO

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Dr. Robert Freelove joined Smoky Hill FMRP as an Associate Director in 2003 before becoming program director 3 years later. He served as program director for 12 years before stepping down to focus on his role of CEO. In addition to his role as CEO, he remains as a valued faculty and Associate Director. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 and subsequently completed his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 2000. He continued his medical training by completing his residency at Smoky Hill FMRP in 2003. During his time as a resident, Dr. Freelove was awarded the very prestigious Bristol-Myers-Squibb/AAFP award for excellence in GME, being 1 of only 20 recipients to receive this award nationally.

In his free time, Dr. Freelove enjoys playing golf, coaching his son's basketball team, cooking, and watching movies.

Dr. Freelove's special interests in family medicine include the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Sports Medicine.  


Robert Kraft, MD, CMO

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Dr. Robert Kraft joined Smoky Hill FMRP as an Associate Director in 2004. In 2018, he expanded his role to include Chief Medical Officer of Salina Family Healthcare. He received his Bachelors of Science in Genetics from The University of Kansas and subsequently completed his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine- Kansas City. He then went on to complete his residency at Smoky Hill FMRP. 

During medical school, Dr. Kraft was inducted into the very prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. In 2010, Dr. Kraft received the Kansas Academy of Family Physician Exemplary Teaching Award in the full-time faculty category. This award recognizes family medicine faculty members in Kansas who have demonstrated exemplary teaching skills or have developed and implemented innovated new teaching models or programs.

Dr. Kraft is from Concordia, KS. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family. He is happily married to Carmen San Martin and they are the proud parents of two. Dr. Kraft also enjoys traveling, reading, and cheering on the beloved KU Jayhawks, especially in the raucous Allen Fieldhouse.

Special interests include: ambulatory practice improvement and chronic disease management.


Abbey Rupe, MD

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Dr. Abbey Rupe joined Smoky Hill as an Associate Director and faculty Pediatrician in 2015. Dr Rupe received her Bachelors of Arts in Microbiology from the University of Kansas in 2001. She then received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita in 2005. During her medical education, Dr. Rupe was inducted in to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Rupe then went on to complete her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine- Wichita where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Rupe grew up in Minden, NE. She is married to Dr. Chris Rupe, a general surgeon. They have two children. In her spare time, Dr. Rupe enjoys running, reading, spending time with family, and volunteering in the community.

Dr. Rupe is an active member of the AAP, KAAP, and the Saline County Medical Society.


Dallas Walz, MD

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Dr. Dallas Walz joined Smoky Hill as faculty in June of 2018. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Walz received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Kansas. He then went on to complete his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Kansas City. After medical school, Dr. Walz joined Smoky Hill FMRP to complete his residency in 2015.

After residency, Dr. Walz began private practice in St. Francis, KS where he practiced full-scope family medicine for 3 years.

In his spare time, Dr. Walz enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Heather. The couple have two basset hounds (Walter and Donna) and two cats (Delilah and Shelby). He also enjoys traveling and spending time on the golf course.

Special interests include geriatrics, emergency medicine, and in-patient medicine.

 


Danielle Blea, LCMFT, LCAC

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Danielle currently serves as the Behavioral Science faculty at Smoky Hill. She completed her Masters of Science in Family Therapy at Friends University in Wichita, KS. After completing school, Danielle began her professional career providing mental health services in the areas of crisis, outpatient, and addiction to individuals, couples, and families.

Her professional interests include co-occurring disorders, couple/family therapy, and high risk patient care. As the behavioral science faculty, she assists in developing and teaching the Behavioral medicine curriculum at Smoky Hill. She also does an excellent job of supporting and evaluating residents in the advancement of their mental health knowledge and clinical interviewing skills. In addition to providing direct patient care, Danielle also oversees the behavioral health integration program at the clinic.

Danielle is passionate about integrated health care, holistic options for disease/illness management, and improving systems to aid patients. During her down time, she can typically be found with a book on the patio or traveling to a new destination.


Leah Peterson, MD

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Dr. Leah Peterson joined Smoky Hill as an Associate Director in 2015. Prior to becoming faculty, Dr. Peterson received her Bachelors of Science in Cell Biology from the University of Kansas in 2008 and subsequently received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2012. 

Dr. Peterson is native to Salina. She is married to Jake Peterson, an attorney (and former Swedish Folk Dancer), who wears a lot of green ties. They have two adorable children. 

In her spare time, Dr. Peterson enjoys running, cooking, gardening, reading, spending time with family, and crafty pursuits.

Dr. Peterson is a member of the AAFP, KAFP, and the Saline County Medical Society. Her special interests include women's and children's health, as well as critical care medicine.


Myra Chantel Long, MD

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Dr. Chantel Long has been an Associate Director at Smoky Hill FMRP since 2011. In addition to her Associate Directorship at Smoky Hill, Dr. Long also serves as the Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at KUMC-Wichita, as well as, Assistant Clerkship Director for the Family Medicine rotation at KUMC-Salina.

Dr. Long graduated with her MD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently completed her residency right here at Smoky Hill FMRP. After residency, Dr. Long entered private practice for a number of years in Abilene, KS where she practiced full-scope family medicine.

Dr. Long's medical interests include rural medicine, obstetrics, and procedural instruction. Dr Long was the recipient of the 2016 Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Exemplary Teaching Award. She is also an active member of the AAFP, KAFP, AMA, and Saline County Medical Society.