return of the family doc
Dr. Carol Renke and her family practice exudes a familial atmosphere and that’s exactly how she likes it. Her husband, Robert Renke, serves as practice manager; much of her staff has been with her for many years; and Renke gets to care for multiple generations of patients, ranging from adolescents to the elderly.
“I’ve gotten to see patients through different phases of life and I love getting to know them as people, not just their medical histories,” she says. “I make sure I’m spending a little more time with my patients than I think most people are doing these days.”
Her two staff physician assistants keep appointments open daily so sick patients can get same-day appointments rather than having to wait. Even with last-minute scheduling, Renke oversees the cases. “I review everything. All the blood tests, all the X-rays,” she says. And in the style of old-fashioned medicine, Renke insists on following up with a letter or a call after every test. “There’s no, ‘Oh if you don’t hear from us, everything’s fine,’ ” she explains. “If you do a test, you want the results.”
Born in Chile, and raised in Canada, Renke moved to the desert 18 years ago for both better weather and better opportunities in her field. In addition to being a board-certified family physician, she received board certification in antiaging and regenerative medicine, enabling her to provide bioidentical hormone replacement
therapies as part of her practice.
Next up, Renke plans to offer a private-pay model, which will provide patients with as-needed office visits, full physicals, blood work, wellness exams, and 24/7 communication for an annual fee. “More patients are asking for a more personalized approach,” she says. “It gives them a lot more flexibility.”
“There’s no, ‘Oh if you don’t hear from us, everything’s fine.’ If you do a test, you want the results.”Mr. Carol Renke, Family Practice
VIDEO: Dr. Carol Renke talks about her passion for family medicine.